October 2020
Alumni Spotlight: Laura Ames 
’89G MS Nursing, ’93G MBA, ’12G CJ

Laura Ames has a front row seat to watch the effects of the pandemic on those with opioid addiction and those with alcohol addiction. As the CEO of Recovery Centers of America (RCA) at Danvers, Ames has dedicated herself to helping others with a focus on growing RCA. During her two-and-a-half years as CEO, Ames has gotten the facility licensed, started several audience-specific programs to meet the ever-changing population of those suffering from addiction, and gotten the 207 bed facility close to full capacity. During these challenging times, RCA has been there to help with the 30% increase in substance abuse relapse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are hard times for many people but fortunately Laura Ames and RCA are ready to make a difference.
Laura was recently featured in an article in the Boston Business Journal, a subscription-based publication. Please go to www.bizjournals.com/boston for more information.
Anna Maria Receives Additional Funding

Anna Maria College has received a $100,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust to address the unusual and unavoidable expenses that the school has experienced due to COVID-19.

“We are eternally grateful for the generous grant that we have received from the George I. Alden Trust,” said President Mary Lou Retelle. “This grant will help with some of the unexpected expenses the College has taken on due to the pandemic as well as the school’s operations.”

This grant is meant to address the unique circumstances that have confronted the local educational institutions since the onset of the pandemic, and now continuing into the 2020-2021 school year.

George Alden established the George I. Alden Trust in 1912 to maintain some charitable or philanthropic enterprises specifically in the promotion of education in schools, colleges or other educational institutions.

Anna Maria College was also the beneficiary of a bequest made by Carole Nowak '66.

A charitable bequest is a provision in your will that perpetuates your support for the College while retaining the right to change your mind should circumstances change. Typical gifts are cash, appreciated securities, real estate, and personal property. Primary benefits to you include your estate receiving a charitable-gift tax deduction at the time of the donation and the assets remain in your name during your lifetime.

We thank Carole and the Nowak family for including Anna Maria College in their planned giving programs.

For more information on Planned Giving options, please contact the
Office of Advancement at 508-849-3341 or visit https://annamaria.edu/donate/#gift
2020 AMCAT Homecoming - A Look Back
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AMCAT Alumni and Friends Golf Classic: October 18, 2021

AMCAT Homecoming/Reunion Weekend: Saturday, October 23, 2021

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Field Hockey Alumni Virtual Happy Hour

Join Coach Brigham for a Virtual Happy Hour on Friday, November 20th at 7pm.

Reconnect with teammates...hear the latest insights on the Anna Maria team...learn about the Adopt an AMCAT Program...and so much more!

Register today to receive your Happy Hour swag before the event.

For more information, please contact Coach Brigham at (508) 849-3596
or the Alumni Office at (508) 849-3298.   

This is a complimentary event and open to all field hockey team alumni.
Calling all Alumni for the
Fall Virtual Open House

Can you be an advocate for your alma mater?

Anna Maria College is hosting a Virtual Open House that allows prospective students and their guests to discover the many opportunities the College has to offer through interactive discussions regarding admissions, financial aid, academics, and student life.

We would love to have you join the conversation!
The next Virtual Open House is on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:00am

If you are available to talk with prospective students and their guests during the Virtual Open House,
please contact the Alumni Office at 508-849-3298.
In 2020, over 100 Anna Maria College alumni
applied to graduate school at their alma mater.

Could a similar return be in your future for 2021?
Anna Maria College alums are privy to a streamlined admissions process:

  No test scores required.
  We retrieve your Anna Maria College transcript.
  Your $40 application fee is waived.

Currently accepting applications for the Spring 2021 term.
With master’s degrees in:
  • Business Administration         
  • Counseling/Psychology          
  • Criminal Justice                      
  • Education                                  
  • Health Emergency Management 
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Social Work
Plus Graduate Certificate Programs in 12 areas of study
Click here for more information on Anna Maria’s graduate program offerings.
gradadmissions@annamaria.edu | 508-849-3423.

Alumni Memorial Mass

Each month a Mass is offered in honor of Anna Maria College alumni/ae, living and deceased, in Madore Chapel.

Because no visitors are allowed on campus at this time, we encourage all to attend Mass at their home parish or via online resources each month on the date of the Alumni Memorial Mass.

The October Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday,
October 21, 2020 @12pm

In Memoriam of
Janet Marois Arcieri '59
Carol Harding '55
Martha Harding '57

If you have any questions or would like to add someone to the prayer list for an upcoming Mass, please contact the Alumni Office at
508-849-3298 or alumni@annamaria.edu

Alumni Standouts

Charles Borowy '08 and Matthew James '20 both joined the Marlborough Fire Department in September. Borowy is a seasoned firefighter with more than 13 years of experience, including serving as a lieutenant paramedic for Holden Fire Department for the past three years. James is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps having served his country for five years and has been a certified firefighter/EMT for Maynard Fire Department for the past five years. Congratulations to Marlborough's newest firefighters.

Gloria Pisqola '16 was recently promoted to Senior Recruiter at Tenet Healthcare; Maggie Lohmiller '07 started a new position as an Adjunct Professor at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Doug Roberge '13 was recently promoted to Director at CVS Health; and Amelia Fazackerley '14 started a new position as a Recovery Specialist at Recovery Centers of America.

Congratulations to all our alumni!
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