March 2020
@ Anna Maria College
Alumni Newsletter
"Once an AMCAT, always an AMCAT!"
A message from President Mary Lou Retelle

Dear Members of the Anna Maria Community,

I would like to begin by expressing my sincere thanks for your patience during this unprecedented time. Senior management at Anna Maria has been working closely with the Department of Public Health, medical experts, guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and adhering to instructions from government on both the state and federal levels. Based on the best available information from the public health community, we are at a pivotal moment with respect to both the spread of the COVID-19 virus and our ability as a college to take proactive, rather than reactive, steps.

In this letter, I will update you on the following topics:
·      Online learning for the remainder of the academic year
·      Cancellation of all campus events through the end of the semester
·      Financial considerations for reimbursements
·      Guidelines for working remotely for faculty and staff 

To continue reading President Retelle's letter, please click here .
Coronavirus and Pandemic Preparedness: An Interview with Dr. Greg Ciottone

Read the blog here.

A Message from Joe Brady '96, Director of Athletics

In response to the evolving situation related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19, Director of Athletics Joseph Brady ’96 has announced the difficult and challenging decision to suspend the remainder of the spring sport seasons including club and non-traditional fall sports, effective Monday, March 16.
The health, safety, and well-being of our community is the top priority and the decision was made in order to help mitigate the spread and minimize the exposure and risk of the Coronavirus. There are no suspected or confirmed cases on the Anna Maria College campus.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Presidents Council unanimously voted to cancel the spring regular season conference schedule and championships. The NCAA announced that all winter and spring national championships have been canceled.
“The entire athletics community is disappointed and extremely saddened about this unprecedented situation. We feel this is the best decision for the safety and well-being of our students, coaches and community,” said Brady. “I cannot begin to express how I feel for all of our student-athletes and coaches and even more for our senior athletes who have worked so hard for Anna Maria College. I thank them for everything they have done and their commitment to AMCAT athletics.”

2019-2020 GNAC Winter Postseason Awards

Amber Wilson, '21, Women’s Basketball First Team All-Conference

Dawnisha Franklin, '22, Women's Basketball All-Sportsmanship Team

Mike Rapoza, '20, Men’s Basketball First Team All-Conference

Bobby Perette, '20, Men’s Basketball Third Team All-Conference

Shawn Conrad, Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year

Javon Smith, '22, Men's Basketball All-Sportsmanship Team

Anna Maria Men's Basketball, Sportsmanship Team of the Year

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Alumni Association Board Seeks Members

The Mission and Purpose of the Alumni Association Board is to serve in an advisory role to the Office of Institutional Advancement, focusing on alumni engagement, program enhancement, and as ambassadors to help communicate key messages from the College. 

Currently, the Alumni Board of Directors is seeking new members. Members will serve two-year terms, renewable up to three times.

Interested alumni should be actively involved with the Anna Maria alumni community and available to attend events throughout the year. Alumni Board members are asked to support the College through a minimum financial commitment of $250 per year.

To learn more or be added to the list of potential new Board members, please contact Patty Shaffer, Director of Alumni Engagement at or 508-849-3298.


May 28, 2020
Alumni & Friends Cocktail Reception hosted by John Shea '90G
Eaton Vance, Boston

June 15, 2020
11th Annual Golf Tournament
Sterling National Country Club

August 20, 2020
Alumni & Friends Cape Cod Reception hosted by John J. Spillane, Esq., Chair, Board of Trustees
Hyannis Yacht Club

For more information on these events, please visit our website -

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Alumni Standouts

Congratulations to Dave Shea '93, 03G on receiving the Athletic Director of the Year Award for Massachusetts. Dave is the current Director of Athletics for Worcester Public Schools.

Special thanks to Jillian Moriarty '02, Prevention Coordinator for the Herren Project for selecting Anna Maria College as one of the sites to screen movie "The First Day," a substance abuse prevention film. To learn more about Jillian, check out this page at The Herren Project!

Alumni Sightings

June (Field) Cloutier '75 sent the photo below, taken in the summer of 2019 in Gloucester. June shared that a group from the Class of 1975 often get together for a few days each year. Hoping this group will make a trip back to Paxton this Fall to celebrate their 45th Reunion.
Back row: (l-r) Kathy (Harrington) Pisk, Denise (Ducasse) Lindell, Peggy (O'Connor) Finn, Charlene (Arnold) Luiz, middle row: Valerie (Rucidlo) DelGiudice, Cathy (Rooney) Ashley, Joanne (Reynolds) Cullinan, Valerie (Petto) Moura, Nancy Gardner, front: Mary (Chichak) Pomeroy, Gayle Gagliardo, Linda (Rocco) Reyle, Janet (Gravel) Angelico, June (Field) Cloutier


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Carole Emery Nowak '66 , on March 2, 2020 from complications from cancer.
May she rest in peace.
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