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Clara Swan in front of sign that reads "Swan Village"
Clara Swan ’39

A new apartment complex being built near Husson University in Bangor, ME is named after a pioneer of Maine women’s basketball who played, taught, and coached at the school. Clara Swan ’39, who celebrated her 103rd birthday at the university in April, took part in the ceremonial groundbreaking of the future home of Swan Village.


Lt. Col. Alfonso Albano ’48 celebrated his 100th birthday on July 13 at a party attended by more than 100 people at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northampton, MA where he now lives.


John “Cal” Conniff ’58 on the slopes with Ted Kennedy.

Martin Badoian MEd ’56 is officially retired but still teaches math and coaches the Math Team at Canton (MA) High School. He has been there for more than 55 years.

John “Cal” Conniff ’58 was honored by the New England Ski Museum with the “Spirit of Skiing Award.” The award is given to honor a skiing notable who manifests the motto, Skiing is not just a sport, it is a way of life.

Arthur LaMirande ’59 will perform an organ recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, NY on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.


Joanne Cesarz Carlisle ’65 is currently living in Wilbraham, MA. She has served on the board of directors of Community Enterprises for 20 years and on the executive committee for most of that time.

Sheila Smart Nehring ’65 is enjoying the sunny life in Bradenton, FL.

Victor Granaudo ’67 taught high school in Wilbraham, MA for 33 years. He is retired, and he and his wife Barbara spend seven months at their home in Port Charlotte, FL. The rest of the year they are at their second home in Cape Cod and visiting their three children. They are passionate tennis players. Victor has written a book about his struggles and successes as an Italian immigrant, My Life, from Italy to America.

Paul Chaput ’68 has fond memories of AIC. He says, “My entire experience was terrific. Especially, I am grateful to Coach Callahan, Dr.  Samra, Dr. Davis, Dr. Kim & the entire staff. Many thanks.”

Brandeis University men’s soccer coach Michael Coven ’68 became the sixth coach in Division III history and 11 NCAA coach overall with 500 career wins when the Brandeis Judges defeated their top rival, Babson College, in dramatic fashion, 1-0 in double overtime.

James Miele ’68 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA in August. At AIC, Miele averaged 25 points per game his first year and led the freshman team in scoring. He averaged double figures through his sophomore, junior, and senior years, and finished his career as a 1,000-point scorer. Miele went on to coach at Naugatuck High School and then as an assistant with Mattatuck before taking over as head coach. During his 25-year teaching career at Great Oak Middle School in Oxford, Jim coached the boy’s basketball team for seven years.

Paul Procopio ’68 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in August. Paul received a full basketball scholarship to AIC where he played basketball and baseball. He was president of his class, among numerous other activities. He was listed in ‘Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities’ in 1968. Paul received his MEd from North Adams State College. Over his career, Coach Procopio’s teams amassed 13 league championships, 9 county championships, 13 Western Massachusetts finalists, 6 Western Massachusetts finalists, 5 Central-Western Championships, 3 state finalists, and one state championship in 1988. Paul’s teams participated in 21 state tournaments and won the last University of Massachusetts Sportsmanship Invitational Tournament in 1975. His overall record was 381-150.


Glenn Dumont ’70 from Winslow, ME was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments playing football at Winslow High School and American International College this past May. The induction took place at the Augusta Civic Center. Glenn still works full time and resides in Winslow with his wife, Carla.

James W. Hall III ’70 is an extraordinary professor in the department of communication pathology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and adjunct professor in the department of audiology at Nova Southeastern University and at Salus University. He’s also president of James W. Hall III Audiology Consulting LLC. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, or book chapters. He has also authored or co-authored seven textbooks, including the most recent Introduction to Audiology Today.

John Leary Jr. MST ’70 is the author of General William Shepard – An American Patriot. The book is available on

On August 8, 2015, Tom Doyle ’71 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. During his tenure at AIC, Tom was an integral player on two New England championship teams (1968-69 and 1969-70). AIC participated in the National Basketball Championships in Evansville, IN during these two years. The 1968-69 team finished third in the nation. Tom went on to captain the Yellow Jackets in his senior year. Tom became a teacher and basketball coach at Robert Fitch High School in Groton, CT for 35 years, retiring in 2006. He and his wife, Lillie Fowler ’72, braised three children and have been blessed with four grandsons. Tom and Lillie reside in Mystic, CT.

Henry Thomas III ’71, MA ’73 was recognized by the Springfield Museums (MA) with the 24th annual Ubora Award in September.

Jo-Anne (Rouillard) Wilson- Keenan ’71, ’75 has written From Small Places: Toward the Realization of Literacy as a Human Right. It is published by Sense Publishers from Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Boston, MA; and Taipei, China. To learn more about or purchase the book, please visit

Bob Stowers ’72, MEd ’76 recently published his first novel Lost in a Cornfield: Never Losing Faith. The book has been on the NY Times bestsellers list and has received some heartwarming reviews. Bob says Lost in a Corn Field is a simple story with deep meaning and a remarkably strong message—in this case about spirit and conviction as well as faith. It is available in soft and hardcovers and just became available as a Nook Book and on Kindle.

Mark Bousquet ’73, known for his role as Andre “Poodle” Lussier in the cult classic movie Slap Shot, was part of the celebrity list at the Springfield Hockey Heritage Society’s Hockeyday. The event was held at the Coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition.

Mike Jacobs ’73 is currently on tour with comedian Richard Lewis from Curb Your Enthusiasm. He performed at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago in May.

Lucie Thomas Lewis ’73 wrote I Am: Renewal From Within the Garden available on Amazon. Lucie is a freelance technical and creative writer and the owner/founder of Creative Futures, LLC. Her writing has appeared in the Afro American Point of View Community Newspaper, Executive Forum Magazine, Western Mass Women’s Magazine and on

The Nashua Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America selected Suzanne Farias ’75 for its Distinguished Citizen Award for 2015. Suzanne is currently the General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton.

For eight years running, Paul Nicolai ’75 has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation. The Best Lawyers in America is now in its 20th edition. The reference work is considered a definitive, unbiased guide to legal excellence in North America. Paul founded Nicolai Law Group in 1988 after serving as company counsel and assistant clerk for Friendly Ice Cream Corporation. He was named a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation in 2007. He serves on multiple committees of the ABA Business Law Section and the Center for Professional Responsibility.

Wilma Davidson CAGS ’77 has written the third edition of Business Writing: What Works, What Won’t, published by St. Martins Press/Macmillan. The book makes a tough subject easy–and is filled with numerous and humorous examples.

Paul Coleman ’77 recently published his 12th book Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces (Adams Media). It is available in bookstores and through Amazon.

John Gibbons ’78, MEd ’86, HON ’11 was the 2015 Henry A. Butova Award winner. The Western MA chapter of the National Football Foundation annually selects an individual who strongly supports athletics through distinguished activities or career after his playing days are over to receive the Butova Award.


Luisa Franco Breen ’81 is the assistant director of social services for the Town of North Branford, CT. She runs a program to assist families in need through food for a holiday dinner as well as toys/gifts for children. Luisa reached out through social media to inform friends and acquaintances of this need. Diane O’Hearn ’83, Alpha Upsilon sister, was the first to express her desire to contribute.

Bill Heaphy ’81,  MA ’92 was inducted into The New England Basketball Hall of Fame as a player for both St. Joseph Central High and AIC, and as a coach at Taconic High School (boys) for the past 15 years. Among his many accomplishments, he was the MVP of the St. Joe’s team. At AIC he was the two-time winner of the AIC Christopher Ellis Award for Outstanding Play and Hustle. As a coach at Taconic High School he has won 8 City titles, 6 League titles, and qualified for Western Mass tournament 11 out of 14 years. Bill is currently working in the Pittsfield Public Schools as the supervisor of attendance services for the district.

John J. Leahy Jr. ’84 retired on July 31, 2015, after more than 30 years as a special agent with the IRS Criminal Investigation. John spent the past six years in Frankfurt, Germany as the IRS Criminal Investigation attaché. Prior to his assignment overseas, John was the supervisor of the IRS Criminal Investigation office in Springfield, MA. John is currently practicing law in Springfield, MA.

Mario Elie ’85 is an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic. Elie spent nine seasons as an assistant coach in the NBA, most recently with Brooklyn for two seasons (2011-13). Before joining the Nets, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Sacramento. Elie also served as an assistant coach with Dallas, Golden State, and San Antonio.

Thomas “Lee” Hodsden ’87 was named head football coach at Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol, VT. Lee retired from the Vermont State Police last year.

Matthew Walsh ’87 is an adjunct professor at the International Language Center at Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University in Chachoengsao, Thailand. He enjoys Thailand and says, “It is called ‘the land of smiles’ for a reason.” He hopes to travel to Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam and the Philippines.

Eric Emet ’89 was recently appointed as director of retention, recreation, and athletics at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. He previously served as the director of operations for financial aid, and director of community engagement at the College.


Michael Sugrue headshot
Michael Sugrue ’90

PeoplesBank has announced the promotion of Michael Sugrue ’90 to Vice President, Compliance. Michael possesses close to two decades of banking and auditing experience. He joined the bank in 2009.

Tonia McCown ’91 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in Worcester, MA in August.

McCown was one of the first elite women’s basketball players at the College. She was twice selected to the Northeast-10 All-Conference team and finished as the program’s career leader in points with 1,567—she now ranks third—and ranks second in career boards with 1,041.

Christina Ratkieweicz ’91 received the 2015 Pioneer Valley (MA) Excellence in Teaching Award.

Raymond Berry ’92 founded White Lion Brewing Company, the first craft brewing company in the city of Springfield, MA. Ray is a Springfield resident and the Senior Vice President & CFO at the United Way of Pioneer Valley, a regional non- profit. In 2014 Ray received the Affiliated Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership award.

Orlando Vandross ’92 is the University of Virginia’s new Director of Recruiting/Player Development for Men’s Basketball. Vandross brings 18 years of Division I coaching experience to head coach Tony Bennett’s staff. Vandross spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach for Charlotte after serving 13 seasons at Boston University as an assistant, including three as associate head coach.

Rachel Dionne ’93 was named to the Florence Bank President’s Club. The President’s Club affords employees opportunities to nominate their peers for the honor, which recognizes superior performance, customer service and overall contribution to Florence Bank. Dionne is a commercial credit analyst and has been with the Bank since 2011.

Stacie Kinney Humphries ’93 was a recent recipient of the 2015 Harold Grinspoon Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards. She was selected for the award by her peers, and her nomination had to meet certain criteria of excellence in the classroom, beyond the classroom, connecting with students and their families, and in the community. Stacie is in her 23rd year of teaching, currently at Meadow Brook Elementary School in East Longmeadow, MA as a kindergarten–2nd grade special needs teacher.

Berkshire Bank announced the promotion of Michael Grandfield MBA ’94 to senior vice president, commercial relationship manager in Berkshire’s Pioneer Valley Region. He will continue his role as a commercial relationship manager in the region.

Dana Levangie ’94 was promoted from bullpen coach to interim bench coach for the Boston Red Sox.

Juana Garcia ’96 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in Worcester, MA in August. Garcia is regarded as one of the best Yellow Jackets players of all time. She set the bar as the programs all-time leading scorer with 2,189 career points and a record 18.6 points per game; both have yet to be broken. Garcia has also remained atop the rebounds list since 1996 with 1,223 boards.

Howard Barber ’97 a certified public accountant and former school business manager for Auburn Public Schools is the new Greenfield (MA) Public Schools’ business manager.


Michael Fortin in uniform posing with the Paynes
Professor Jill McCarthy Payne, Michael Fortin ’00, and the Honorable John M Payne Jr. ’75

Criminal justice professor Jill McCarthy Payne visited Michael Fortin ’00, a police officer at the U.S. Supreme Court. Also pictured is the Honorable John M. Payne Jr. ’75.

Mike and Terri Mitchell hand in hand at their wedding
Mike Mitchell ’00 and Terri “Leigh” Mitchell
Mitchell wedding groomsmen
Wrestlers reunite for Mitchell wedding

Mike Mitchell ’00, MBA ’03 married Terri “Leigh” Mitchell in June. Joe Narvaez ’97, Joe Herits ’03, Kevin Sullivan ’00, Rafael Calixto ’99, David Cruze, Daniel V. Graulau, and Joseph Pistone ’00 were all in attendance.

Michael Salemi at memorial bench
Michael Salemi ’01

Michael Salemi ’01 and friends successfully raised money for a bench in memory of Andrew Desjardins ’01. Andrew lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis in 2014. The bench on AIC’s campus will keep Andrew’s memory alive.

FutureWorks Career Center has named Kevin Lynn MPA ’06 as its new executive director. Kevin had been acting executive director at FutureWorks since last year when the previous executive director retired. A longtime Springfield, MA resident, Kevin has been employed at FutureWorks since 2000, serving as manager of business services, IT, youth services before assuming the role of acting executive director.

Kris ’01 and Uwe Porth ’10 MEd have just moved to a five-acre farm in Mykka City, FL.

Mike Field ’08 is the associate head coach for the Arizona State Sun Devils Hockey team. He was previously with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL where he served as the assistant coach and director of scouting.

Joel Flecha ’08, MPT ’10 is the co-owner of Integrated Orthopedic Physical Therapy, which opened in Amherst, MA in August.

Colleen Calvanese ’09, MSPT of Springfield, MA was promoted to clinic manager of the Springfield location of ProEx, a private practice specializing in orthopedics, spine, and sports medicine. Colleen has been a staff physical therapist with ProEx for the past five years.

Jason Leonard, RN, BSN ’09 has been promoted PICU/PPU manager at Baystate Hospital. Jason began his career at Baystate in 2004 working full-time nights as a PCT on Wesson 4 while attending nursing school. In 2007, he was accepted into the summer PICU nurse externship program, where he excelled. After being deployed to Iraq his senior year, Jason graduated from American International College in 2009 and was hired as a new grad in PICU. Since June 2014, Jason has been the assistant nurse manager for PICU and PPU.


Frank Cipolla CAGS ’10 is the special education supervisor at Glastonbury (CT) High School. He also served as Glastonbury’s baseball coach last season.

Bernadette Coelho MEd ’10 has been named headmaster of New Bedford (MA) High School.

Matthew Collins MEd ’10 is the new assistant principal at Hampshire (MA) Regional High School.

Filmmaker Mark Anthony Del Negro MBA ’10 is the president and CEO of MAD Chaos Productions. He has made the films Blood Reservoir, which just premiered, and The Undead.

Elaine Mount MEd ’11 is the new principal at JFK Middle School in Northampton, MA.

Nielsson Arcibal ’12 represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF Inline World Championships. The native of Vista, CA will be making his third appearance as a defenseman for the nation’s squad.

criminal justice students
Sarah Calgreen ’12 and AIC criminal justice students.

Sarah Calgreen ’12 recruited current AIC criminal justice students for a United States Marshall Service drill. The drill assessed how people respond to an active shooter, both civilian and law enforcement. Sarah told the students, “Your professionalism and positive attitudes were noticed by all, and you made me proud to say that I graduated from AIC.”

Janine Iacolo CAGS ’12 was chosen by the General Federation of Women’s Club for the 2015 Marilyn Perry Leadership Award for work as a GFWC Agawam Junior Women’s Club member and for volunteer work outside the community. She has served as chair for the Relay For Life of Agawam for the past 4 years; volunteers as her school’s PTO as treasurer; volunteers time to Dana Farber; and is a member of the Springfield Education Association Scholarship Committee.

Ashlee Salvador MBA ’12 joined Porchlight VNA/Home Care as the new associate director of human resources. She has more than nine years of experience in human resources. Her expertise lies in talent recruitment, organizational training and development, and leadership coaching.

Joanne Blier MEd ’13 is director of business and operations for the Gill-Montague Regional School District (MA). This year she is also the president-elect and conference chairperson of the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials.

Nick Grasso ’13 was re-signed as a forward/defensemen by the Quad City Mallards in Moline, IL. The Mallards are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild.

Christie Harvey CAGS ’13 is the principal of Claypit Hill School in Wayland MA. She is also currently enrolled in AIC’s EdD program in educational leadership and supervision.

Lauren Hobin MEd ’13 was selected by the Salem (MA) School Committee and Mayor Kim Driscoll for the Salem Teachers Cabinet. The cabinet will advise city officials and the committee on key issues facing Salem Public Schools. The Massachusetts-based teacher leadership nonprofit Teach Plus selected 10 outstanding teachers to participate in this six-month teacher leadership opportunity.

Dale R. Hoyt EdD ’13 is the superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford (CT).

Christine Kelley MEd ’13 is the interim Winchester High School (MA) principal. Kelley spent five years working as the principal of Lynch Elementary School, also located in Winchester. She has also worked as an elementary and secondary level teacher and principal since 1988 and taught at Vinson-Owen School for 15 years. Additionally, Kelley is licensed as a principal at all levels of education, an assistant superintendent, superintendent, and is an adjunct professor at AIC.

Shaina Squires CAGS ’13 was selected by the Cadillac, MI school board as the new high school principal.

Felicia Wettstone CAGS ’13 is the new principal at Health Brook Elementary School in Tewksbury, MA. Wettstone has more than 14 years of experience in education. She is currently licensed as an elementary school teacher, a reading specialist, and a school principal.

Muriel Appram ’14 is the president of the Connecticut Black Nurses Association.

Kasey Carley DPT ’14 was named to a list of 22 top physical therapists in the Boston area. Kasey practices at the West End branch of Blue Hills Sports and Spine. The daughter of two physical therapists, she’s a born PT whose clinical experience includes outpatient sports and orthopedic physical therapy as well as some in-patient acute care.

Ike Ekwueme ’14 published his first book. He says, “After graduation, I strongly desired to give back to my generation and empower other students.” Switch On and Stand Out: 17 Spiritual Truths That Transformed My Life is available through Amazon.

Glarius Rop ’14 is the new men’s champion at the Deary Memorial 5-Mile Road Race. He beat the previous three-time winner. He also won the Holyoke (MA) Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K.

In Memoriam


George F. Fisher ’37

Esther Frary Hansen ’38 Alfea Neri Schwanda ’38 Poppy Raissi Fowler ’39


Gladys L. Ruggles ’42

Mildred Carmel Wuinee ’43 Donald W. Armstrong Hatch ’44 Phyllis T. Pava Nussbaum ’45 Ruth S. Stebbins Lamb ’46 Edwina C. Crawley Wright ’46

Herbert D. Eldert Jr. ’47 Edwin H. Humphrey ’49 Zadig Y. Setian ’49


Lloyd J. Piccin ’50

Kenneth Gordon Abrahams ’51 Mason Goldberg ’51

Albin C. Slesinski ’51 John L. Hanlon ’52 William T. O’Brien ’52 Blair M. Steele Jr. ’52 Harold R. Collins ’53 Betty Bowling-Leigh ’53 John G. Pack ’53 Edward F. Borucki ’54 Joseph Augustus

Della-Giustina ’54

Roland A. Barbe ’55

Leonard H. Landry ’55 Janice Wood Williams ’56 Michael S. Fendell ’58 Naseer H. Thomas Aruri ’59 Earl R. Gregory ’59

Martin Paul Jablonka ’59 Richard R. Malek ’59 Annette Theresa

Gleason-Sette ’59 Arthur R. Norley ’59 Thomas David Shea ’59


William R. Parker CLU ’60

Edmund R. Dooley ’61

Elinor Mary Hartshorn PhD ’61 Donald O. Notman ’61

Joseph J. Picucci ’61 Robert J. Jolicoeur ’62 Alice Isabelle

Champagne-Littlejohn ’62 Bernard J. Heavey Jr. ’63 Richard E. White ’63

William Clark ’64 John A. Ryan ’65 Paul J. Grosso ’66

James J. Haggerty ’68


Thomas P. Moriarty, Jr. ’70

Mary Ellen Harbeck ’71 Catherine Leary ’71 Paul E. Burkhardt ’72 William S. Guite ’72 Jeffrey I. Luftman ’72 Alyce E. Winter ’74 Ann C. Flanagan ’75 Joseph D. Garcia ’75

Joan Powell-Goodwine ’75

Sallyann Chapman ’77 Francis J. C. Gay Jr. ’77


Joseph M. Kazalski ’80

Cathleen M. Moriarty ’82


Professor Robert MacLachlan


On October 21, 2015, Congressman Richard E. Neal ’72 addressed the United States Congress in order to eulogize Edward Borucki ’54, a World War II veteran and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Neal recounted Borucki’s years of active military service as well as his lifelong commitment to veterans, which included helping them access available services and honoring their sacrifices whenever possible. In the early 2000s, Borucki led the effort to rename the Route 5 bridge over the Manhan River. It is now called the Pearl Harbor Veterans Memorial Bridge.