A LU M N A E N E W S Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women rochester, new york Let Her Dance! Oprah Winfrey once said, “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” Our Lady of Mercy alumna Chelsea Bonosky ’05 lives that motto through her work in the performing arts. Recently she shared her thoughts on her career and her alma mater. What have you been doing since you left Mercy? SUMMER 2013 Since graduating Mercy in 2005, I moved to New York City to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts on a dance scholarship. I graduated Tisch with a BFA in dance/choreography. I have worked numerous jobs in the city – dance and nondance-related (social networking consultant, assistant to two fashion designers, Red Bull Girl, etc.), many at the same time to support myself as a working artist. In that time I was given the opportunity to work with multiple dance artists as well as travel for dance Chelsea Bonosky ’05 festivals and performances (The Netherlands, Montreal, San Francisco) to find myself in the dance community. I can proudly say that the hard work is starting to pay off as I can now fully support myself as a performing artist in New York City. Two years ago I was offered a contract with the off-Broadway immersive theatre production, “Sleep No More,” with the London-based dance company PunchDrunk. Experiencing acclaimed reviews by The New York Times and a story/picture spread in Vogue magazine and being hailed the number one show in Manhattan for the past two years is a very humbling honor. On top of that I work in close collaboration with Adam Barruch Dance (adambarruch.com). Adam and I have been invited to teach in the city and to perform at multiple venues, including “Jacob’s Pillow” in The Berkshires, New York Live Arts, Joe’s Pub, and many festivals. We just returned from a dance intensive in LA where we were guest choreographers. Recently, we received commissions to set works on other dance companies – one being Alvin Ailey II – and continue to travel, work, and create. I am also a certified Pilates instructor with a base of private clients in the city and am one of the faces of the beauty campaign online for Prescriptives through Estee Lauder, opening a whole other world of possibilities. Why did you pursue this particular career? I always find that question difficult to articulate into words, as dance is such a physical form. I knew when I was at Mercy I loved and thrived off a sense of community and purpose. While in high school I was attending the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, and I found my passion to lie in movement, art, and creation. How to put that sense of movement and community together was my goal. Attending NYU gave me a home and a base to meet fellow artists to explore and create together. The hard work and rising opportunities are starting to fulfill my goals. Art and dance is an continued on page 3 A Message from the President Suzanne Klingler Johnston ’61 SUMMER 2013 1437 Blossom Road Rochester, NY 14610-2298 585.288.7120 (voice) 585.288.7966 (fax) www.mercyhs.com [email protected] PRESIDENT Mrs. Suzanne Klingler Johnston ’61 Principal Mr. Terry Quinn ANGLES is published twice yearly by the Advancement Office of Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women and is distributed to alumnae, parents, and friends. DIRECTOR OF MARKETING/ COMMUNICATIONS EDITOR OF ANGLES Mrs. Ginny Segerson Lenyk ’78 Director of Alumnae Relations Ms. Karen M. Ralph ’72 Director of Advancement Mrs. Melanie Barnas-Simmons ADVANCEMENT SERVICES MANAGER Mrs. Mary Beth Curtin Campaign Associate Ms. Maura Monley Baron ’86 Mercy’s graduation ceremony has remained essentially the same for 81 years. Each June, Mercy’s seniors, garbed in the traditional pale blue cap and gown, each carrying a long-stemmed rose, walk across the stage to receive their diploma. This significant rite of passage begins with a prayer led by senior class officers and ends with the Bishop’s blessing of the graduates. Following this, the new graduates are joined by faculty, staff, and all attending alumnae in singing the Alma Mater. It is a memorable evening, warm, joyous, and appropriately dignified. One of the modifications in this important ceremony involves the speakers at graduation. No longer is there an external or guest speaker. Instead, the Valedictorian gives the valedictory address, and a student selected by the graduating class serves as Class Speaker. This year, both speakers were especially noteworthy. Emily Armstrong, our Valedictorian, who with perfect SAT scores is headed to MIT, spoke with great wit and wisdom. She spoke of “How life often takes you to places you’d never expect.” Emily spoke of some of her own experiences, including never envisioning herself attending an all-girls school, and never, ever believing she could address an audience like the one she faced at that moment. She spoke of the uncertainty that all the graduating seniors face as they leave home and family for new and very different venues. Her closing included a quote and her personal advice as well, stating, “Stephen Colbert once said: ‘Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s going to happen next and you are mostly just making things up as you go along.’ Take it from the classic nerd,” Emily continued, “who never thought she would be able to speak to more than 10 people at once: if you give it a shot and pretend you know what you’re doing, you can accomplish so much more than you think you can. So let’s get to that. Walk across the stage, get your diploma, try not to trip on your way there, and get out of here. Try to keep your friends, but if you can’t, then keep your memories. Please refuse to accept any life but the one that makes you happy and lets you be the person you are. I look forward to seeing all that you will achieve and become.” Nora Hanna, the Class Speaker, was equally compelling. Her address, which we included in this publication (page 12), gives assurance that the values that have shaped generations of Mercy women continue to be cherished. The theme of Nora’s speech was our school’s motto, “the way, the truth and the life.” Nora spoke to what those words meant to her and her class. She said, “I have been shown ‘the way, the truth, and the life’ in ways I could never have expected when I joined the Circle of Mercy four years ago. Through the life I have lived at Mercy, I have undoubtedly experienced God in each and every one of my friends in the Class of 2013. This is a very special group of young women, full of talent and passion, intelligence and wisdom, and an undying amount of love which I know fully well that they will show the world much like they have all shown me. I am incredibly grateful for my experiences at Mercy, and, on behalf of my class, I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made sacrifices to send your daughters to this school. There is no adequate way to explain what this place has meant to each of us, but I assure you that your sacrifice was worthwhile. No matter how far the bright futures of your daughters take them, they will have roots in a community that made them strong and merciful women. I know that although my own life is about to change enormously, I can always look down to the ring I wear each day and see the words, ‘Via, veritas, et vita,’ and I will never forget what Mercy and the Class of 2013 taught me that those words mean.” In a world marked by change and conflict, how reassuring to know that the essence of Mercy, an institution committed to developing strong, competent, compassionate women, remains constant and faithful to its mission. Thank you for all your loving and prayerful support—you keep the spirit of Mercy alive. LET HER DANCE! continued from cover expression of emotion through certain tactile functions, ultimately reaching and serving a greater public. I want to touch and awaken something in people through my art. What similar activities did you do during high school? During high school I was very active at Mercy as well as outside its walls. I was a member of the Student Council, Spirit Club, the orchestra, performed in Arts Fest, proudly wore the mascot outfit, and was one of two students (myself and Zoe Gallagher ’05) who were chosen to create and paint our class mural in the senior hallway. I was taking private art classes with Mrs. Pam Ford outside of school as well. At the same time, I was a company member with The Rochester City Ballet and training at The Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, dancing sometimes 30 hours a week and during performance times sometimes 50 hours. Mercy and my Mercy friends were so important to me that it was no question that I wanted to work around my dance hours to be involved with them and my in-school activities. It was a matter of how to balance everything and I think those days prepared me for the hectic pace I’ve had to maintain to be an artist in Manhattan. What advice would you give young women interested in a similar career? If there is anything I can say to any young budding artist, it is to not be afraid. There are no mistakes. It is hard. I am not going to lie and say it has been an easy path, but nothing but art is more than worthy of such a life. Allow yourself to explore. You may think you know exactly what you want and how you want to get it, but if you don’t keep your eyes open along the way you may actually miss what the universe has purposely laid in front of you. Shop and pizza log days. May Day, Moving Up Day, Christmas Basket Families made more good memories! One of my favorite memories has to be our last week as seniors. Most of us had a free period at the end of the day, and we all sat in the Senior Lounge in our Mercy skirts from the 7th grade and our senior t-shirts (“Often Imitated, Never Duplicated”), and we got on the radio and they played our senior song. The whole class of young women scared but ready to take on the world! Such a bond will never be recreated, and will never be broken. I am forever thankful to hold that memory close to my heart. How did your time at Mercy prepare you for this part of your life? I truly believe to this day that Mercy was the central growing place for my strength, confidence, and commitment. I was allowed to develop at Mercy as me, and nobody else. I was allowed to learn and grow with no judgment or fear. My closest and dearest friends even now are still my core group of friends from my Class of 2005, talking almost every day. A bond forms when at Mercy, and that can never be destroyed. You form yourself at Mercy. I was lucky to attend such a school. What are some of your fondest memories of your Mercy days? Oh my gosh, I have so many amazing memories! From Spirit Week to Friday announcements on MTV, to Penny Wars, and the Candle The Quinlan Sorbello Family celebrates multiple generations of Mercy Women! Shown from left to right are Camy Sorbello ’68, Francesca Sorbello ’20, Dorothy Quinlan Sorbello ’84, Elizabeth Quinlan Bohn ’79, and Linda Quinlan Bassinger ’78. Two great aunts, Mary Dodson Suss ’40 and Dolores Dodson Callahan ’43, also graduated from Mercy but were unavailable for this photo. 3 Update from the Alumnae Association Board The Mercy Alumnae Association Board is looking for new members! Requirements for joining: Save the Dates for Upcoming Events •Must be a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy…from 1932 to 2013! •Must be willing to have fun and meet other alumnae. •Must be interested in contributing to and participating in annual board events. •Must be able to commit to attend meetings once a month. •Craft Show & Sale If this sounds like you, please contact the board today to let us know! Kerrie Smith Mullen ’06, Co-President Katie Tkaczyk ’81, Co-President E-mail: [email protected] Cell: 585.773.0156 Cell: 585.737.2743 2013 – 2014 Alumnae Association Board Kelly Beedon ’04 Katelynn Callon ’04 Roxane Crupi ’73 Andrea Buchholz Curtis ’04 Sondra Imperati-McFarlane ’87 – Treasurer Kris D’Hondt Lepel ’94 Kerrie Smith Mullen ’06 – Co-President Katie Ziarko Snyder ’01 – Secretary Katie Tkaczyk ’81 – Co-President •Barnes & Noble Book Fair Tuesday, December 10, 2013, all day at Pittsford Plaza B&N What better way to shop for Christmas gifts for family and friends, and also to support Mercy? And if you can’t make it out to the Pittsford Plaza location that day, feel free to make purchases online. •Applebee’s Dine In Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 11 a.m. to close at Pittsford Plaza Applebee’s After you’ve stocked up on all your gifts at Barnes & Noble, stop by Applebee’s to grab a bite to eat! A percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Alumnae Board. Alumnae Luncheons Going Strong Alumnae luncheons at Mercy have been going strong for more than eight years! Annually, three to four groups of alumnae gather at OLM for lunch. In spring 2013, members from both the Class of 1943 and 1955 enjoyed their respective special luncheons. In addition to being welcomed by Mercy president, Suzanne Klingler Johnston ’61, they also were treated to an update on the school presented by six senior students better known as the “Super Six.” Thanks to organizer, Rosemary Loritz Maracle ’43, a fun-loving group of ’43ers celebrated the 70th anniversary of their graduation; and thanks to Pat Gay Mueller ’55, a large and lively group of ’55ers celebrated their 58th anniversary back where it all began! These luncheons provide a wonderful opportunity for alumnae to socialize with their classmates and to continue the friendships made so many years ago. Any group that would like to schedule a lunch, breakfast or after work “happy hour” here at Mercy, please contact Karen Ralph, Director of Alumnae Relations, at 585.288.7120 x313 or [email protected] Top: Class of 1955 4 Saturday, November 2, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at OLM Last year, 45 vendors participated and raised more than $2,100 to benefit the Alumnae Board Scholarship Fund. We can’t wait to see what this year will bring! Do you know a vendor, or would you like to be one yourself? Please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] Bottom, the 2013 “Super Six,” L to R: Morgan Barron-Bozman, Megan McNiffe, Sarah Hetterich, Caity Purcell, Carey DiPasquale, Emily Graham ALUMNAE CELEBRATE SPRING! Rochester Alumnae Meet & Greet With spring in the air, 40 alumnae turned out for “Happy Hour” on April 4 at Tap and Table located in Rochester’s Cornhill neighborhood. More than 15 class years were represented! The spirited group thoroughly enjoyed an evening of sharing good food, good drink, good conversation, and, most importantly, great memories of Mercy. Many thanks to Rose Feor ’02 and Caroline Whelan ’02 for organizing this terrific event! Chicago Events: On May 16th, alumnae gathered at Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar in Chicago for a delicious Italian buffet. Thanks to Julie Evans Rancourt ’88 for coordinating this wonderful event! Attendees included (above) Joan Esterheld ’71, Ann Kalaska ’72, Julie Evans Rancourt ’88 and Dianne Salt Dunagan ‘64. Mercy’s president, Suzanne Klinger Johnston ’61, hosted a luncheon for loyal alumnae supporters from the Chicago area at The Union League Club on May 16. Pictured above right are Claire Conley ’71, Lou Dwyer Kaufman ’49, Mary Schraml Canty ’83 and Sabra Ebersole ’85. Pat Stenner MetzgerNoonan ’54 and Marie Coelho Spiegl ’54 at the Chicago reception. In 2013–14 Mercy again will be hosting alumnae events out of town. If you live in a major city and would like to be part of organizing an event in your area, please contact Karen Ralph ’72, Director of Alumnae Relations, at 585-288-7120 x313 or [email protected] Mercy Alumna Shares Boston Marathon Experience Karin Diminuco Pecora ’89 did most of her running at Mercy on the soccer field but enjoyed track as a secondary sport. She played soccer in college at Holy Cross, then took up distance running after graduation and fell in love with it. Pecora ran four marathons in her 20s then took a break to have a family. She recently got back into the sport and put running the Boston Marathon on her “bucket list.” Heading to this monumental event in April with her parents, husband, and three kids, Pecora was excited and a little nervous. “My only real fear was that I would cramp up or injure myself while running,” she said. “It never crossed my mind to fear for my safety.” subway was evacuated and droves of emergency response vehicles were everywhere. “We were actually staying in Cambridge so we had to walk with my parents and the kids for an hour and a half to get back to the hotel. There were no taxis or buses available.” Along the way she checked the Internet on her phone to see what had happened and received text messages with updates as well. Since that day, Pecora admits she has been more cautious. It’s not going to stop her Karin Diminuco Pecora ’89 from doing the activities she and her family at the Boston Marathon enjoy, but she thinks more about security than she did before. “Before this happened I thought after running Pecora says it was the best race she ever ran. “The whole city is out Boston I would be done with marathons because I had accomthere supporting the runners. I never felt so touched along the way. plished my goal. Now a part of me really wants to run it again next It was such an emotional feeling because the people along the route year out of defiance. I want to show that we are not scared.” are so wonderful.” In fact, at age 42, Pecora finished the race with her fastest time ever: 3:38:56. After getting some food and water, she headed down to the subway while her husband went to get her parents and kids. Her family was just coming down the stairs when the bombs went off. They assumed it was cannons going off or fireworks celebrating the day. It didn’t take long to figure out that wasn’t the case when the Pecora is taking a little time off from running to give her body a break. She is doing some cross training instead to keep in good shape. This grateful mom is also spending a lot of quality time with her family. She is a freelance marketing consultant, and previously worked in marketing for Bausch & Lomb. She and her husband, Phil, live in Webster with their three children. 5 1954 Pru Costich Schmidt published Shades of Love, a book of 13 stories of romance. 1957 A quilt by Christine Wickert of Penfield, NY, recently won top honors at an American Quilter’s Society show. Joyce Nuccitelli Lobene shares, “There have been many things that happened in the past 55 years since I graduated and quite often I have to step back and think about what three very special ladies – Sister Bryan, Sister Edward and Sister Cyprian [Sr. Mary Bryan Ford ’43, Sr. M. Edward Connelly ’45, and Sr. Jane Hasbrouck ’39] – would tell me I should consider doing. When I reflect on these past years, I realize that what the Sisters of Mercy taught us was not just in books but in life’s daily lessons. Here in Spencerport, at St. John’s Church, there seem to be more Nazareth graduates than Mercy graduates. We manage to keep up a lively rivalry. As Mayor of the Village of Spencerport these past four years, I have managed to get quite a bit done that others had left on the sidelines. The nicest comment I have heard was from a very active Nazareth grad, who said, “it took a Mercy girl to get it done!” 1959 Alumnae Doris Cuddeback Jones, RN, recently moved from Washington, DC, to Gulfport, Mississippi, on the beautiful Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina destroyed her military retirement condo in Gulfport, and now she is in a new complex there. Doris volunteers at the USO each week and works as a park ranger at Gulf Islands National Sea Shore in Ocean Springs. She is taking classes at Mississippi State University as part of a Life Long Learning program and enjoys the annual Mardi Gras celebrations. 1960 Elaine Smith Parker has been married to her husband William for 37 years, and after living “the second third” of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia, they moved to Broomfield, Colorado, for their golden years. Do you have news to share? 1961 You can also use the form at the back of this newsletter. 1968 Contact us! • 585.288.2610 • [email protected] mercyhs.com • www.mercyhs.com 6 For more than two years, Judy Otto has been consulting with a biotech start up, Bioarray Therapeutics, Inc, whose mission is to develop molecular diagnostic tests to enable effective treatment for cancer sooner. As a 14-year breast cancer survivor who was disabled for 10 years by the treatments, Judy “is especially interested in the promise to customize one’s treatment for fewer side effects.” Marcia Zeller Opperman hosted a Royal Baby Shower to honor Kate Middleton. Gifts were donated to Mercy Community Services. Attendees were very generous, donating $85 in checks, four decorated boxes filled with baby items, and two huge shopping bags of diapers and wipes! Mercy grads in attendance, L to R: Marcia Zeller Opperman ’68, Jeannette (Jeanne) Bellave Pavia ’58, Pat Blackburn Houseknecht ’68, Claudia Zeller Ciresi ’73, Pat Duffy ’68. Not pictured: Pat Carroll Loomis ’68) 1972 Patricia Booth Isaacson shared, “It was great celebrating with so many of my classmates at our 40th reunion. We now have our own group on Facebook and share family stories, births, deaths, and excitement. My children are 18, 22 and 25, with the youngest going off to college. I am the Firm Administrator for a national law firm based in NYC. I was elected President of the New York City Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, which is an international organization of more than 10,000 members who manage legal practices in corporate law departments and law firms. My day is filled but I love to catch up evenings with all my friends from Mercy.” 1979 Kathy Curran Molino and her family gathered last November at Cross Creek Ranch in Dover, Florida, to celebrate the marriage of her daughter, Alyssa, to Dustin Klein. Kathy was recently in Washington, DC, with classmate Anne Hammele Yockel celebrating their 30th college reunion. While there, they joined another classmate, Lori Cullen Zorc, for dinner. Pictured L to R: Ann Marie Curran, Mark Molino, Kathy Curran Molino, Alyssa Klein, Dustin Klein, Ginny Curran, and Bobby Molino. (Kathy’s 16-year-old son Justin is not pictured but will be a junior at St. Peter Catholic School next fall and is a big baseball player). 1982 Connie Lartigue Sierra and husband, Rick, have two boys, ages 13 and 11. Connie teaches first grade and loves it! She won the Susan B. Lucas Teacher of the Year Award from the Delaware County Historical Society. 2001 Julia Tedesco married Colin Orr on May 25 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, NY. Julia is the Chief Development Officer at Foodlink. Colin is a middle-school teacher at True North Rochester Prep. Below L to R: Cecelia (Hayes) Lester, Kate (Fleche) Stanley, Stef Tedesco, Nina (Wales) Talcott, Meagan Mahar, Sarah Notter, Julia Tedesco, Kelly Smith, Danielle Mariano, and Caitlin Burke. Other Mercy alumnae who attended were Jessica Andrychuk ’08 (cousin), Roxane Crupi ‘73, Nancy White Onofrey ’73, Brigette Maurer Ryan ’01, Kate Cerame Sumner ’01, Janet Andrychuk-Tedesco ’73 (mother), Susan Becker Truelove ’73, Alyssa Weir ’00, and Dorothy Tedesco Yax ’63. 1983 Above, members of Mercy’s Class of 1983 gathered at the Back Nine Grill in July to celebrate their 30th reunion. 1985 Kristen DiSanto Didier returned to teaching first grade in 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic School in Marietta, Georgia, after staying home with her two children for eight years. She will be teaching third grade in the fall, which is the grade she taught before her hiatus. Kristen’s daughter, Natalie, is in fifth grade and son Ben is in second grade at St. Joseph. 1986 Beth Knittle-Linn lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and 5-year-old son. She works as a counselor at Visintainer Middle School and is Marketing Director for Buckeye Flooring and Installation, LLC, which is her husband’s business. 1989 Stephanie Yaeger Wallace attended the dress rehearsal of Annie on April 18, 2013, with her two daughters, Payton and Madeline. The spring musical dress rehearsal and alumnae reception is an annual event that Stephanie has attended for several years. However, this year was better than ever as her daughters got to meet the star of the show! Shown above are Madeline Wallace, Megan “Annie” McNiffe ’13, and Payton Wallace. 2002 Nina Colaruotolo was pinned on December 20, 2012, after successfully completing her Nursing Degree at the University of Rochester. Nina began her career as an RN in the ER at Strong Memorial Hospital in February 2013. Martha McCahill Sprague married husband Christopher on May 4 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine. Martha and Christopher recently purchased a home and moved to Gorham, Maine. Martha received her Master of Social Work – Conditional Clinical license in April 2013. Pictured above, L to R: Angela Guarnere ’02, Sue Clifford-Alvut, Kathleen Ansaldi ’02, Martha McCahill Sprague ’02, Mary Elizabeth McCahill, Mary Kay Huber, Rebecca Block ’04, and Laura Callens. 1999 Lisa Engstrom Smotrich and her husband, Adam, live in Palm Harbor, Florida. They welcomed their first child, Nora Madeleine, on May 21. continued next page 7 CLASS NOTES continued 2003 Katie Dry returned to Rochester to serve as Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach at RIT. She will serve as the goalkeeper coach. Katie enjoyed a stellar playing and coaching career at Bucknell, where she earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Biology. Katie currently serves as an orthopedic physical therapist at Lattimore of Gates-Chili Physical Therapy in Rochester. 2004 Shannon Lappin received the Rising Star Award at the St. John Fisher Jack Palvino Excellence in Communications Awards Gala. Shannon currently works at Manning & Napier. 2005 Kaitlin Coco recently got together with Mercy friends in New York City to celebrate her move from Manhattan to Los Angeles, to pursue her career as a professional makeup artist. Kaitlin transferred from the Sephora in Times Square to the Sephora in Beverly Hills. She is moving to be closer to her sister Christen Coco ’02, who has lived in California for seven years and is a licensed Child and Family Therapist. Kaitlin also will be near Bridget Mackey ’02. Kaitlin shares, “I am very proud to be a Mercy girl and very proud of the friends I made while there.” Photo, L to R: Alex Caiola ’06 (senior talent acquisition specialist for adMarketplace), Kristin Garbarino ’05 (assistant vice president in investment banking controllers at Bank of America), Kaitlin Coco ’05. 2006 Arline Laurer graduated from University of Toledo College of Law in May and was placed on the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester. After graduating with a master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in August, Desirae Sweet married Anna-Sophia Zingarelli in a civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. In September, Desirae took the position of business librarian at James Madison University in Virginia. 2009 Mary Elizabeth Gerham was named to the Dean’s List at Loyola University Maryland for the spring semester. Kerry McLaughlin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May with her BSN. She has moved back to the Rochester area to begin employment at the University of Rochester Medical Center as a Registered Nurse on the surgical oncology floor. In her free time, she is also starting her mobile healthcare company for geriatric patients, KnowMe. Danielle Mietus graduated from the University of Albany, SUNY, in May. 8 Andrea Telesca became a Board Certified Athletic Trainer in February and received her license in May. In August, she became Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Alfred University while she earns her MBA. Pam Torrey graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a bachelor of music degree in Vocal Performance with Academic Honors in May. In April she sang the leading role of the “Enfant” in CIM’s production of Maurice Ravel’s opera, L’enfant et les sortilèges. Pam will be attending the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA at Roosevelt University) in the fall, pursuing her master’s degree in Music Performance-Voice. 2010 Nichole Adiletta was named to the spring President’s List at Siena College in Albany. Nichole is majoring in Biology and Chemistry. Courtney Kodweis was named to the 2012 Fall Dean’s List at the University at Buffalo. Courtney has been on the Dean’s List for five straight semesters, received numerous departmental and honors awards, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi. She is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and was selected to present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in April. She presented on research findings collected during her internship at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Courtney traveled to India this summer to do biomedical research. 2011 Kristen Graham was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology. Samantha Guerrieri was named to the Dean’s List at Loyola University Maryland for the spring semester. Jessica Nozzi was named to the Dean’s List at Villanova University for the spring semester. Angela M. Smith was named to the Dean’s List at Mount St. Mary’s University for the spring semester. Angela is majoring in Communication Studies and Spanish and is in the Honors Program. Angela completed the University of London Study Abroad Program this spring. 2012 Patricia Gould was named to the Dean’s List at St. Bonaventure University for the spring semester. Grace Rieck was named to the Dean’s List at Saint Joseph’s University for the spring semester. Christine Stemmer was named to the Dean’s List at Ithaca College for the spring semester. Christine spent the summer studying at The Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. Maria Telesca was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Niagara University. Caroline Tierney was named to the Dean’s List at Marist College for the fall semester. Caroline is majoring in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. A Hot Day for Golf! The 14th Annual Fr. Ed Zimmer Memorial Mercy Golf Tournament It was a real scorcher on July 17 for the 14th Annual Fr. Ed Zimmer Memorial Mercy Golf Tournament. However, even with temperatures well over 90 degrees, the field of 90 golfers still managed to beat the heat and enjoy the day. A highlight of this year’s tournament was the hole-in-one made by golfer Steve Nicandri (in the foursome with Mercy’s principal, Terry Quinn). Not only was it a “first ever” hole-in-one for Steve, but it was also a first ever in the history of the tournament. Congratulations to Steve as well as to all the lucky winners listed below! Women’s Winner: Karen Casper, Pam Tait, Ellen Samuelson, and Linda McCoy Mixed Winner: Julie Odenbach, John Odenbach, Jack Odenbach, and Alex Odenbach Men’s Winner: Fritz Odenbach, Jr., Dusty Odenbach, Nick Lomenzo, and Lee Lomenzo Women’s Closest to the Pin: Sr. Mary Marvin, RSM ’57 Women’s Longest Drive: Kim McNees Men’s Closest to the Pin: Neil O’Brien Men’s Longest Drive: Nick Lomenzo MANY THANKS to our sponsors, raffle prize donors, contributors, golfers, and spirited volunteers for helping to raise more than $26,000 to benefit the students at OLM! Alumnae Golfers: Patti Messner Mahar ’80, Julie Spath Hetterich ’80, and Mary Lawrence Khalil ’80 Hole-In-One Group: Steve Whitman, Terry Quinn, Steve Nicandri, and Tom Quinn For information on how to get involved in this annual event, please contact the tournament coordinator, Karen Ralph ’72, at [email protected] or 585-288-7120 x313. Sandra Odenbach and Fritz Odenbach Past P ’12, Fritz Odenbach, Jr., Dusty Odenbach, John Newell, Mandy Odenbach, and Nick Lomenzo Todd Green P ’14, Chuck Bianchi P ’14 and Gordon Lennox Past P ’05 Student Volunteers: Christina Potter ’15 and Nicole Vigliotti ’15 9 10 REUNION 2013 The Class of ’52 celebrates 60 years at Mercy on October 3, 2012 Left: Rita Lintz Kane and Margie Hanss Geen Below: Kay O’Hara Georger, Joan Agram Wood, and Joan Gargan Polster Class of ‘47 Continues to Gather Superstitions were set aside as 13 of us from the Class of 1947 gathered for our annual spring “mini-reunion” luncheon at Keenan’s Restaurant. All were a little slower in getting around, yet young in heart, as we reminisced about the “good old days.” Marguerite Mahoney made some lovely bookmarks, with the date and a lovely quote on them, and gave each of us one. The Class of ’48 celebrates 65 years at Keenan’s Restaurant on May 22, 2013. 15% Discount on ONE item Kate’s Tea & Gift Shop 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610 Not for use with other discounts. Expires 12/31/13. Those who attended were: Marie Limpert Cunningham, Sr. Anne Marie Lennon, Betty Doran Kowalik, Rose LeFrois Geraci, Teresa Byrne Carl, Sally Stock Eckert, Rosemary Norton Smith, Marguerite Quinn Mahoney, Marion Kubanka Wowkowych, Rosemary Leimberger Hahn, my sister Nancy Ernst Shepard, and myself, Dororthy Ernst Allen. Joining us for the first time was Ruth Allen DiVincenzo. We were so glad everyone was able to attend and we send our get well wishes to those who were unable to join us this time. We hope to see you all again on Wednesday, October 30 for our fall luncheon, same place, same time. Mark your calendars now, and come join us. Submitted by Dorothy Ernst Allen ‘47 11 Words from the Class Speaker The following is the full text of Class Speaker Nora Hanna’s address to classmates at the 2013 graduation ceremony: Hello, everyone! Family, friends, and my dear Class of 2013, welcome. I’d like to preface this by saying that I’ve come to realize that graduation speeches may be the most cliché American tradition of all time, so bear with me. But I want to share with you some of my experiences at Mercy in order to shed some light on why I’m so thankful I’ve had the privilege to spend the last four years there. It all has a lot to do with three Latin words whose pronunciation I have never been able to get quite right: Via, Veritas, et Vita. The way, the truth, and the life. This tiny fragment contains the words chosen to describe our school. They mark the crest that can be found on several surfaces around Mercy, as well as on the rings we wear to show the world that we are Mercy women. But we never really talk about what they mean. We know, through some Mass or theology class in our past, of course, that they’re the words of Jesus. But Mercy brings profound meaning to those little words. Recently, I looked up what verse they come from and found it to be John 14:6. How fitting that we are a class of 147 strong in which each of us has 146 sisters. Via, or “the way,” might not be clear to us yet. In fact, I don’t think the paths of our lives ever become clear. “I am the way, the truth, and the life” is actually Jesus’ answer to the question, “How can we know the way?” But the way is certainly a lot more obvious now than it was to us as awkward freshmen, or tiny seventh graders, or whenever we entered the Class of 2013. But more often than not, we look for the way in our most difficult times. One of my most unique experiences at Mercy, and one that I will never forget, happened in the summer before my junior year. One of my very best friends, and a great friend to everyone in our class – we all know Emma – had just been diagnosed with leukemia. It was the night of the final Harry Potter movie premiere, and in typical fashion, scores of Mercy girls were there hours in advance to see the movie. A large group of us snuck into the movie theater before we were actually allowed, but pretend I didn’t tell you that part. Although we were all excited for the movie, our hearts were heavy because Emma was sick. The twenty or thirty Mercy girls with me in the theater joined hands to say a Hail Mary, because it was all we knew to do to light the way that seemed so suddenly complex before us. “Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us,” were the words that seemed to guide us to wherever we were going, even when we all felt so lost. There was no fear in publicly praying together to gather some hope and strength. I know that particular experience could not have happened in just any other community, and I am deeply grateful that Mercy provided us with a uniting faith in that moment when we really needed it. So even if we 12 do not know the way, and even if we never do, Mercy showed us the spirit that is constantly present to guide us down the path of life that even we ourselves cannot see. Veritas – the truth – on the other hand, is one thing Mercy has taught me to clearly know without a doubt. From my freshman year, they cut right to the chase. On day one, Mrs. Bonar was already teaching us “the secret to life,” which, in case you didn’t already know, is to “break big things into little things.” Of course, there was the truth we learned in class and the truth of daily life at Mercy, which were two entirely separate things. The truth in class was brought to us by an enormously dedicated and talented faculty, who made most days very enjoyable. Some of the teachers still amaze me, even after I’ve known them for years now. I will never understand how Mr. Myers essentially knows facts about everyone who has ever lived, in ridiculous detail; I’m still impressed that Mrs. Facci forgoes sleep in order to bake a birthday cupcake for every student; and I will never know how Mrs. Cannon is so happy every single day. There is something remarkable about the way we learned the truth from teachers who were devoted to every individual student. That truth was available in an environment so comfortable that it became a second home to all of us. Our little bubble of comfort was the catalyst for what we all know as “#MercyGirlProblems.” This myriad of issues related to our incredibly unique, all-girls education has been more than the punchline of several hundred tweets over the years. This was a form of truth in itself, and the truth of being a Mercy girl will certainly not be lost on my college years, as I am forced to rejoin the so-called “normal” world. We had the special privilege of attending a high school where we all felt comfortable enough to arrive looking however we did when we rolled out of bed in the morning and threw on the dirty uniform sitting on the floor. At Mercy, our level of comfort around our classmates allowed us to be our truest selves – no matter how weird and socially unacceptable that self was. These Mercy girl problems will be missed, no doubt, but I have faith that we can all rejoin society in the fall. Of course, the new people we meet in the coming years will never understand the truth of what it means to be women of Mercy, but the true friendships Mercy gave us will be with us forever. The third portion of our motto is of course, “et vita.” And the life, to me, is the single most important. The life of the Class of 2013 is, in my eyes, incredibly unique. I have always believed that our class shares a special spirit unparalleled by other classes. Take, for example, our devoted Christmas spirit that somehow transformed our senior hallway into a portion of the North Pole during the month of December. Buddy the Elf would be no match for our class when it came to making paper snowflakes and hanging Christmas lights. There was even a lawn décor-sized manger scene adorning the tops of some lockers. Our class came together to achieve a level of comedic genius for years of Spirit Days. I don’t think anyone will ever forget Leah’s inspired horror movie performance for our junior class video. When it came to senior year, Dee and Alyssa created a dance that was mastered by at least 50 girls, and, in fact, can still be performed on command. In the Class of 2013, life has been celebrated with humor and happiness over the years in every way we could find. Our recent prank week was a testament to our unity and our love of innocent fun. For one of our pranks, we lined our senior hallway with a red carpet and impersonated paparazzi to heckle every incoming student. But my personal favorite: with one day left of school, we re-enacted the barricade from Les Miserables and piled tables and chairs to block off a large section of the gallery. Our class stood on the barricade and sang “One Day More” – our freedom cry as we waved the flag and greeted everyone who entered the building. Being one of the theatre kids at Mercy, I was shocked that our class could so wholeheartedly join together in one voice. With, of course, Megan’s voice “wafting heavenward” a little louder than the rest. According to Les Mis, the very musical we fervently reenacted, “to love another person is to see the face of God.” Through the life I have lived at Mercy, I have undoubtedly experienced God in each and every one of my friends in the Class of 2013. This is a very special group of young women, full of talent and passion, intelligence and wisdom, and an undying amount of love which I know fully well that they will show the world much like they have all shown me. I have been shown “the way, the truth, and the life” in ways I could never have expected when I joined the Circle of Mercy four years ago. I am incredibly grateful for my experiences at Mercy, and on behalf of my class, I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made sacrifices to send your daughters to this school. There is no adequate way to explain what this place has meant to each of us, but I assure you that your sacrifice was worthwhile. No matter how far the bright futures of your daughters take them, they will have roots in a community that made them strong and merciful women. I know that although my own life is about to change enormously, I can always look down to the ring I wear each day and see the words, “via, veritas, et vita,” and I will never forget what Mercy and the Class of 2013 taught me that those words mean. Thank you. Volunteers Needed Do you remember Sr. Dismas and Sr. Joan’s outreach at Rochester Psychiatric Center? We still have students who volunteer weekly on Thursdays, 2:30-4:15 p.m., from October to April, to play Bingo and interact with people at one of the half-way houses. If you ever have time to drive and help with this project, we can surely use you! Please contact Sr. Joan McAteer ’66 at [email protected] for more details! IN MEMORIAM Please remember in your prayers all our deceased alumnae, their families, loved ones, and those in the wider Circle of Mercy. Helen Sample Bembower ’36 February 22, 2013 Yvonne Poirier Mangan ’55 September 4, 2012 Mildred Hehir Camardo ’34 March 1, 2013 Dolores Copenhagen Marlatt ’48 December 17, 2012 Sister Annette D’Amico, RSM ’47 May 28, 2013 Theresa Pettinger Matthews ’45 March 7, 2013 Irma McLean D’Arienzo ’46 July 31, 2013 Margaret Wambach May ’39 March 7, 2013 Patricia Cole Dunbeck ’48 May 3, 2013 Carol Maher Monroe ’54 April 30, 2013 Joyce Roach Ellinwood ’51 April 4, 2013 Patricia Currier Mummert ’50 May 10, 2013 Evelyn Klem Etter ’39 March 26, 2013 Joan Heinlein Neitz ’46 June 13, 2013 Jane McMahon Evan ’70 April 18, 2013 Helen Dorrity Newell ’40 August 14, 2013 E. Ann Fogle ’55 August 2, 2013 Mae Coon O’Neill ’46 June 14, 2013 Marie Moscato Foxton ’61 May 15, 2013 Diane Marie Parus ’67 July 15, 2013 Joan Schlaefer Gilbert ’49 August 27, 2013 Marion Georger Paul ’39 April 11, 2013 Juliet Vecchiotti Gonano ’68 April 26, 2013 Patricia Hanna Peters ’63 June 5, 2013 Sister Jane Hasbrouck, RSM ’39 April 3, 2013 Ruth Kirk Phelps ’34 July 28, 2013 Sylvia Trabold Hasman ’52 May 4, 2013 Kathleen Harter Romanyshyn ’52 April 15, 2013 Marie Heimbuck ’73 June 10, 2013 Jeanne Hept Sellon ’47 May 1, 2013 Mary Ellen Hursh ’51 March 17, 2013 Shirley Coughlin Stone ’47 March 20, 2013 Rita Grass Knittel ’34 June 25, 2013 Carole Wishart Tallman ’53 May 20, 2013 Anne McGraw Lambrix ’56 March 20, 2013 Kathleen Carreo Tobin ’59 July 15, 2013 Mary Quinlan Long ’43 March 18, 2013 Nancy Gores Tucker ’57 April 29, 2013 Evelyn McGarraghy Lynch ’41 July 17, 2013 Rosemarie Rinere Viavattine ’49 June 19, 2013 Arline Heyer Maher ’46 April 16, 2013 Marilyn Roessel Wagner ’54 July 17, 2013 Ann Blaakman Maloy ’50 June 8, 2013 Isabel Tierney Williams ‘41 August 30, 2013 13 Sister Mary dePaul Scholarship Continues The Sister Mary dePaul Scholarship was established five years ago and has supported Victoria Morales ’13 through her years at Mercy. Rose Marchand ’15 is the new recipient of the scholarship. Both Victoria and Rose have established strong relationships with Sr. Mary dePaul Dugan ’38 who has been a Sister of Mercy for 75 years. one who loves you unconditionally and makes you feel happy whenever you are in their presence. Sister Mary dePaul has become my friend, my angel, my spiritual director. She and her family made it possible for me to attend Our Lady of Mercy and blossom as a young woman of Christ there. My heart and thanksgiving go out to them each day. Our Lady of Mercy is blessed to have the Sister Mary dePaul Scholarship and the generosity of the Dugan family. God Bless them and all their efforts.” Victoria’s mother Michelle shared, “In 2009 my daughter was presented with the Sister Mary dePaul Scholarship. This opportunity afforded my daughter many Sister dePaul’s impact continues as she blessings over the past four years at Our sponsors Rose Marchand ’15. Rose’s Lady of Mercy. Foremost, it highlighted mother is Mercy alumna Cathy Geen my daughter’s deep spiritual calling and Marchand ’79, who said, “This scholarlove for academics. The scholarship ship is such a blessing. My daughter allowed her to continue her pursuits Rose is the last of a long list of relatives immersed in a faith-based environment. Additionally, she was privileged to develop to attend Our Lady of Mercy. She had the a deep relationship with her mentor, pleasure of meeting Sr. Mary dePaul Victoria Morales ’13 (top) and Rose MarchSister Mary dePaul. Sister’s tremendous Dugan this summer. Sister shared with and ’15 (lower) with Sister dePaul love of God, charitable spirit, and warm her the call to enter the Sisters of Mercy heart helped my daughter to develop her gifts while strengthen75 years ago. She even showed Rose her hand with her Mercy ing her faith. She has graduated from Mercy, an outstanding eduring on it! Sister dePaul is a very gentle, humble, and kind cational institution, equipped with the tools she needs to succeed person. Rose is honored to accept this scholarship in her name.” as an intelligent Catholic woman, confident in her calling from God to serve others and be a light to the world.” Victoria said, God bless you, Sister dePaul, for helping to continue the mission “I am off to SUNY Geneseo and I would not have made it this of Mercy through your generosity. far without the love and support of the Dugan family. A friend is Mercy Crew Alumae Return A group of Mercy Crew alumnae got together to compete at the 2013 Pittsford Regatta. The ladies shook off a few years of rust and rowed beautifully. From left to right: Emma Bevilacqua, ’14 (coxswain), Caroline Stam ’11 (SUNY Oneonta ’15), Molly Oldfield ’10 (St. John Fisher ’14), Emily Hrichak ’09 (Lehigh ’13), Caitlin Peartree ’11 (Notre Dame ’15), Kelli Barnes ’10 (Fredonia ’14), Leah Pollack ’08 (Niagara ’12), Tegan Feeney ’09 (SUNY Brockport ’13) and Katelyn Gordon ’12 (RPI ’16). Also rowing that day was Mercy Crew alum Molly Clark ’11 (St. Lawrence ’15). Become a Fan of Mercy! Join Mercy’s Facebook Fan Page. Just go to www.mercyhs.com and click on the Facebook icon. 15 A Lasting Legacy You could say things come in “3’s” for Ron Anderson. His three daughters graduated from Mercy. Three granddaughters are Mercy alums and three more are currently enrolled here. His long history with Mercy started in 1976 when he and his late wife, Kay, were asked to be on a Parents Committee. His involvement grew to helping create the first Board of Governors, serving on that inaugural board, and then most recently serving on the Board of Trustees. If you know Ron though, he has gone above and beyond in so many ways to help Mercy succeed. When his wife died suddenly in 2010, Anderson decided to update his will. It was then he decided to leave a significant gift to ensure a strong future for the school that not only nurtured his family members, but brought him into the Circle of Mercy as well. “They treated me with respect.” Anderson explains. “I really care about Mercy. I really do think of them like a family.” Anderson says his daughters are very successful thanks to the education and support they received at Mercy. He wanted to give something back for all Mercy has given them. “It is easy for me to want to be good to Our Lady of Mercy, since it has been so good to my family.” Dorothy R. Pecoraro ’59 has always felt her experience at Mercy made her the woman she is today and will always be. “The teachers really cared about me,” explains Pecoraro. “They cared about where I was going and what I did.” Those teachers guided her to explore opportunities she hadn’t considered. That led to a successful teaching career in the Rochester City School District. Eventually, she was named Principal of Jefferson and Edison Tech High Schools, and then worked for Junior Achievement as Vice President for Programs. Pecoraro always supported Mercy but wanted to do more. She says, “To share what I have and know it is appreciated and used wisely means a lot to me.” Pecoraro is a member of the Cornerstone Legacy Society but didn’t want to wait until she was gone to make a significant impact. When she turned 70½, an opportunity arose and she decided to transfer some of her required minimum distribution from her retirement plan to Mercy. Not only is it making a big impact now on the education these young women are receiving, the donation means a bit of a tax relief for Pecoraro as well. “You don’t have to be exceptionally wealthy to make a special gift like this,” said Pecoraro. “You just need a big heart and the desire to keep your alma mater a leader among all-female educational opportunities.” 2013 Craft Show & Sale Presented by: The Alumnae Association Board Saturday, November 2, 2013 — 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Kathleen Bonsignore Walgreen ’61 Gymnasium at Our Lady of Mercy We are seeking to offer patrons an eclectic and exceptional mix of handmade items, including arts (paintings, sculpture, etc.) and crafts (pottery, woodwork, sewn items, jewelry, and the like), in addition to home-based businesses (Tupperware, Creative Memories, Avon, Silpada, etc.). We will only select a limited number of vendors in each category for arts and crafts, as well as one representative for each home-based business. If you are interested in participating, please email a photo (arts and crafts) and description of items, along with your contact information, to [email protected] or [email protected] by October 8, 2013. We will review your submission(s) and respond to you no later than October 11, 2013. Upon acceptance, we will send you the contract and registration forms. These documents will include the pricing for the non-refundable registration fee of $45 (regularly $50 for non-alumnae) for a booth space. You will need to complete and sign both forms and return them to the Alumnae Association Board by October 21, 2013. 16 Financial Planning for Women The Cornerstone By Nicole Calcagni ‘89 Legacy Society Relationship Manager at Cobblestone Capital Advisors When it comes to financial planning, women often find themselves in unique situations with specific concerns. Women are increasingly playing a key role in making financial decisions. Studies have found that more than a third of women are now the family bread winners and live an average of five years longer than men. As a result, women should take responsibility for their own financial plan as their assets need to last for a longer period of time. Couple these facts with research that shows that women tend to be more philanthropic than men and it becomes clear that women, more than ever, need to be cognizant of gifting options when taking a look at their long-term goals. When we consider our charitable gifting for the year, we usually think of the simplest form of giving, which is the outright gift of cash to our most cherished non-profit. There are, however, a multitude of additional options that could be more tax effective to utilize when considering leaving a legacy to your preferred charities. The benefits of charitable planned giving are numerous and not limited to the benefit of assisting those in need, supporting the arts and sciences, or fulfilling one’s beliefs and religious values. In addition, there may be several tax benefits that could be realized, depending on the gifting strategy. These tax benefits may include a charitable income tax deduction, elimination or deferral of capital gains tax, a reduction in estate taxes, or a potential to increase aftertax cash flow. The right decisions and strategy can greatly improve the outcome for both the donor and the charity. A planned gift can be funded during your lifetime or after your death through your Will. The following investment vehicles are some of the planned giving alternatives to consider when weighing your gifting options: • Appreciated Stock • Retirement Plan Gift • IRA Charitable Rollover • Life Insurance • Real Estate • Charitable Gift Annuity • Charitable Remainder Trust • Charitable Lead Trust Planned giving offers a win-win situation, as it enables you to help others as you achieve your financial goals. Donors face a wide, and often bewildering, array of options when deciding how to make a gift to charity. Successfully navigating this process requires careful evaluation of donor objectives, cash flow needs, and specific tax circumstances. With an effective planned giving strategy, you can enjoy witnessing the impact of your gift during your lifetime as well as leaving behind a legacy of philanthropic support. Please feel free to contact Melanie Barnas-Simmons, Mercy’s Director of Advancement, at 585-288-2610, to discuss your gifting options further. Since 1928, Our Lady of Mercy has been providing girls in Rochester with an education in academics and faith. Today there are more than 10,000 Mercy graduates making a difference in the United States and around the world. To continue offering a Mercy education and the Mercy traditions for another 84 years, your support is needed. Secure the future of Mercy girls by including Mercy in your estate planning. • Include Mercy in your Will • Name Mercy the beneficiary of an IRA or a life insurance policy • Establish a charitable gift annuity with Mercy • Gift real estate or long-term appreciated securities to Mercy Any one of these planned giving options helps Mercy. During the 2012-13 academic year, Mercy received more than $400,000 of support from alumnae including the school in their wills. Your gift can be directed to a specific area at Mercy. For example, the Performing Arts Department was designated in the will of a Mercy faculty/staff person this past year. You also can endow a scholarship in your name or a family member’s name. Help continue the education and traditions started by the Sisters of Mercy! The Cornerstone Legacy Society I would like more information on joining the Cornerstone Legacy Society. I have included Mercy in my estate planning. Name_____________________________________________ Phone____________________________________________ Email_____________________________________________ Mail to: Our Lady of Mercy, 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610 Attention: Melanie Barnas-Simmons, Director of Advancement Questions? Contact Melanie at [email protected] or 585-288-2610. 17 2013 GRADUATION and ROSE MASS MAY court 2013 Congratulations to Our Lady of Mercy’s 2013 May Court! May Queen: Emma Falk 18 Proclamator: Samantha Amalfi-Valvo Crown Bearer: Jennifer McInerney Senior Honor Attendants: Therese Marchand Molly Verghese Senior Attendants: Rachel Benjamin Emily Graham Erin Kilmartin Clare Malone Victoria Morales Tae’lor Powers Kelly Smith Junior Honor Attendants: Sarah Bronk Cali Anne Cleaves Junior Attendants: Maryn Cannon Aidan Falk Caroline Geen Nina Santacesaria Hannah Speach Gillian Wangler 2013 Mercy Graduates on the move! Congratulations to Mercy’s Class of 2013! Here’s what lies ahead for them this fall. NAME College Attending Amina Aliyeva....................... Monroe Community College Samantha Amalfi-Valvo......... Suny Fredonia Mary Appleby....................... Duquesne University Emily Armstrong................... Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tegan Ayers.......................... Rochester Institute of Technology Paige Baker............................ Rochester Institute of Technology Morgan Barron-Bozman........ Monroe Community College Sarah Basta............................ Suny Geneseo Bridget Behan........................ Suny Geneseo Brittney Bender..................... Monroe Community College Rachel Benjamin................... Ithaca College Jesse Bennett......................... Suny Geneseo Antionette Breedlove............. Finger Lakes Community College Katherine Brooker................. St. Lawrence University Tyshuneik Brooks................. Suny Canton Brianna Burke....................... Alfred University Mackenzie Burke................... St. John Fisher College Jenna Butler......................... St. John Fisher College Rachel Caterisano.................. Suny Oneonta Elizabeth Cavacos................. Georgetown University Cathryn Cavanaugh.............. Syracuse University Sarah Cedruly....................... Duquesne University Mei Ni Chen......................... University of Pittsburgh Erin Clark............................. Saint Joseph’s University Catherine Collins.................. Niagara University Leanne Cook......................... St. Lawrence University Shantavia Coombs-Bartley.... Rochester Institute of Technology Erin Coppola......................... Rochester Institute of Technology Anna Creatura....................... Fordham University Giannina Crosby................... Johns Hopkins University Hannah Crosby..................... Aquinas College Julia D’Agostino.................... U.S. Marine Corps Julia Delgatti......................... Liberty University Carey DiPasquale.................. Marquette University Emma Dupre......................... Presbyterian College Kelly East.............................. Le Moyne College Ariel Evans............................ Rochester Institute of Technology Emma Falk............................ Loyola University Maryland Ashley Fallone....................... St. Bonaventure University Yifei Fan................................ University of Waterloo Priscilla Files......................... Cedarville University Victoria Frankiewich............. Suny Geneseo Danielle Fuss......................... Highpoint University Shaina Garfield...................... Pratt Institute Erin Geen.............................. Niagara University Melissa Gerwitz..................... Syracuse University Emma Gordon...................... Hobart & William Smith College Emily Graham....................... Nazareth College Antiea Grice.......................... Keuka College Taryn Grimes........................ Alfred University Emily Hann........................... University at Buffalo, SUNY Nora Hanna.......................... Manhattan College Emily Hebert......................... Rochester Institute of Technology Sarah Hetterich..................... Le Moyne College Cassondra Hetzler................. Monroe Community College Caitlin Higman...................... University at Buffalo, SUNY Bridget Holvey...................... Mercyhurst University Taylor Howarth..................... University of Richmond Jingjing Huang...................... University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign Carolyn Huff......................... University of Scranton Autumn Hunter.................... Nazareth College Ching Lam Ip........................ St. John’s University Miesha James........................ Morgan State University Julia Jenkins.......................... Saint Joseph’s University Sooyoung Jung...................... University of Korea Erin Kilmartin....................... Niagara University Bridgette Klein...................... Siena College Jacqueline Klimek................. Saint Joseph’s University Theresa Knopf....................... Wilmington College Tara Knothe.......................... University of Tampa Sarah Kohlmeier.................... Hartwick College Rachel Krokenberger............. Providence College Natalie Kucko....................... St. Bonaventure University Jennifer Lebeau..................... Georgetown University Hyemin Lee........................... Genesee Community College Katherine Leone.................... University of Dayton Elizabeth Lippa..................... Canisius College Kathryn Lippa....................... Canisius College Miley Lott.............................. Loyola University Maryland Marissa Maenza..................... St. John Fisher College Katie Magee........................... Niagara University Clare Malone......................... Northeastern University Kailani Manivong.................. Monroe Community College Therese Marchand................. Niagara University Julee Martin.......................... Rochester Institute of Technology Grace Maxwell...................... University of Notre Dame Sara McDermott.................... St. John Fisher College Jennifer McInerney................ Hartwick College Marissa McKnight................. Mercyhurst University Megan McNiffe...................... University at Buffalo, SUNY Margaret Miller..................... Rochester Institute of Technology Victoria Morales.................... Suny Geneseo Ellie Moran........................... Loyola University Maryland Theresa Newell..................... Niagara University Grace Neylan........................ St. Bonaventure University Lauren Nugent...................... Drexel University Jacqueline O’Flynn................ Canisius College Alyssa Ogden........................ University of Dayton Alana Olivieri........................ University at Buffalo, SUNY Anna Palmer......................... Jacksonville University Soyeon Park.......................... Cornell University Charlotte Passero.................. Suny Fredonia Ariana Perez.......................... Suny Fredonia Allison Phillips...................... Suny Cortland Jessica Pietropaoli.................. St. John’s University Mikayla Platt......................... St. John’s University Abby Posadni........................ John Carroll University Tae’lor Powers....................... Nazareth College Maggie Pryslak...................... University of Dayton Caitlin Purcell....................... College of The Holy Cross Amy Quinlisk........................ Canisius College Jiselle Ramos......................... Monroe Community College Caroline Riedman................. University of Richmond Caprie Romano..................... Duquesne University Adrianna Rossi...................... Niagara University Katharine Rubery.................. Johns Hopkins University Leah Rusin............................ Emmanuel College Shannon Sak......................... Monroe Community College Madelyn Scheel..................... Duquesne University Olivia Schuler....................... John Carroll University Catherine Sciortino............... Saint Joseph’s University Jessica Simonetti................... St. John Fisher College Carley Smith......................... Canisius College Kelly Smith........................... University of Notre Dame Sadaris Spotford.................... St. John Fisher College Molly Stanley........................ Monroe Community College Anne Stoklosa....................... Le Moyne College Leah Strassburg..................... Syracuse University Adeline Teumer.................... University of North Carolina Charlotte Erin Trudeau......................... Siena College Jamie Urlaub......................... Indiana University at Bloomington Pamela Urquiza..................... Monroe Community College Sandra Uwiringiy’imana........ Houghton College Marina Vanini....................... University of Pittsburgh Alexa Vanmaaren.................. John Carroll University Victoria Vazzana.................... John Carroll University Molly Verghese..................... Saint Joseph’s University Gabrielle Vetere..................... Canisius College Emily Virgil........................... Niagara University Madisson Wickens................ Nazareth College Jaclyn Wihlen........................ Monroe Community College Victoria Wilson..................... Pace University (NYC) Grace Winters....................... University of Dayton Weiting Zhang...................... University of California at Irvine Lele Zu.................................. Indiana University at Bloomington 19 The mercy mission Via, Veritas Et Vita Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Rochester, NY Permit No. 774 1437 Blossom Road Rochester, NY 14610 Via — the Way: embracing Gospel values Veritas — the Truth: unleashing creative energy for the pursuit of knowledge Vita — the Life: nurturing a hopefilled vision for leadership, responsibility and service KEEP US INFORMED If you change any of the following: Name, Address, Phone Number, E-mail Address or Spouse’s Name, please update your information with Mercy’s Advancement Office. 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