The Alumni Connection is published two times n 2007, I joined more than 600 other
per year by the Holyoke Community College educators in signing the American
Alumni Office, Holyoke, Massachusetts, and is College & University Presidents'
distributed without charge to alumni and friends
of HCC. Third-class postage is paid at Springfield, Climate Commitment, a document that
Massachusetts. commits member institutions to the
achievement of an 80 percent reduction
JoAnne L. Rome in greenhouse gases by mid-century. I
invite you to read the text at
Joanna Brown, Joyce Desorcy '88,
Gloria Lomax '75, Kathleen Moore, about/commitment. It is a blueprint for
and JoAnne L. Rome action, which HCC is embracing.
Peter Hutchins, Litmus Designs It’s a tough time to make changes. Over
the past few years, our state funding has
News from alumni should be addressed to the been slashed by more than $4 million.
Alumni Office, Holyoke Community College, But, by using American Recovery and
303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040 or Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, HCC has
via email to email@example.com. been able to make one-time investments
Letters: that will have long-term benefits for the
Readers are invited to submit letters and stories environment and our financial health,
HCC President William F. Messner
concerning HCC and its alumni. Contact the including:
alumni director by phone (413) 552-2253 or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org (put “HCC Alumni Connection” in
• Approximately $1 million to replace 40-year-old cooling towers with energy-efficient
the subject line).
towers that operate on 50% less horsepower.
Class Notes/Change of Address: • More than $90,000 in energy efficient lighting.
Please submit the reply form on page 15, or call
• A major upgrade of the HCC website to enable it to serve as the primary repository
the Alumni Office (413) 552-2704.
for information that has traditionally been printed and mailed.
2009-2010 Alumni Council:
Gloria G. Lomax ‘75 Some of you may have heard of the Holyoke Community College Foundation, Inc.
First Vice President Roadway project. The goals of the project are to increase safety and reduce congestion
Gertrude E. Monson ‘97 on Homestead Avenue by creating a new entrance on Westfield Rd/Route 202.
Marsha Ryan ‘70
Alumni Council Members: The foundation is working closely with the Natural Heritage and Endangered
Joanna Brown, ex officio Species Program (NHESP), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Holyoke
Angela M. Belisle, R.N. ‘77 Conservation Commission (ConComm), and the City of Holyoke to produce an
Laura L. Brennan ‘79 environmentally sensitive design that protects adjacent woodlands and vernal pools.
Carol Bright ‘75
Dawn R. Bryden ‘89
Carrie Buckner ‘77
In addition to a commitment to green practices, HCC now offers both Sustainability
Cleveland Burton '86 Studies degree options and green workforce training opportunities. As you read this
Eddie Corbin ‘68 edition of the Alumni Connection, I think you’ll see that HCC’s commitment to this
Geraldo Cotton ‘06 issue didn’t begin yesterday—and stretches far into a future that will be made better by
Geoff Croteau ‘99 our efforts today.
Margaret DeJesus ‘90
Joyce D. Desorcy ‘88
Serena Fuller '77 I want to close by announcing a program beginning fall 2010 that will enable HCC
Gail Indyk '85 students, staff, and alumni to earn a BA from Elms College, while fulfilling the majority
Diane Lessard '06 of their degree requirements at HCC. There is a long history of collaboration between
Elizabeth A. Murphy ‘74 Elms and HCC, and we look forward to working together to provide a quality education
Mark Olier ‘05
Shawn Robinson ‘05
that is convenient and affordable.
James Sheehan ‘74 Sincerely,
Rhonda Soto ‘97
Nancy Spagnoli '83
Karen Thompson-Brown ‘04
Vandelyn T. Wright ’83 William F. Messner
Alumni Connection 2 Spring 2010
Letter from the Alumni Relations Director
Dear alumni, find out how efficient it is. Substantial
his issue focuses on the theme rebates are available this year for
of sustainability. In the 40 years Energy Star rated furnaces and central
since the first Earth Day in April air conditioning. Inexpensive rope caulk
1970, many welcome changes have or weather stripping around windows
taken place. Until the "bottle bill" was and doors and foam gaskets behind
passed in 1982, I always had to side- electrical outlet plates will also reduce
step broken glass on the shoulders of heating costs. Finally, be sure to check
the road. These days, I rarely see broken your furnace filter monthly.
glass on the roadside, as more people • Lighting accounts for 15% of average
recycle glass bottles, paper, cardboard, utilities costs. Replace high-energy
metal, and plastic. halogen or incandescent bulbs with
compact fluorescent bulbs, which use
Other positive changes include: one fifth the energy and last up to ten
• Families no longer burn garbage in open times longer.
cans in back yards, as many once did. • Water heating accounts for 13% of an
• The Connecticut River and many others, average home's utility costs. Run your
are much cleaner than in decades past. hot water until it is up to its highest
temperature, then fill a glass with it and
• More people are reducing their use of
test it with a kitchen thermometer. The Director of Alumni Relations Joanna Brown
pesticides and herbicides.
hot water temperature should be 120
• People are substituting low- degrees, maximum. If it is higher, turn I hope that you will enjoy reading this
energy fluorescent for high-energy down the temperature setting on your issue and that you will find these hints
incandescent bulbs. hot water heater. Also, install low-flow helpful.
• Local farmers' markets and community showerheads and run only full loads of
gardens are gaining in popularity. laundry, preferably with cold water.
There is still much to be done. How can • Other ways to save energy (there are
YOU reduce your carbon footprint and more on the www.energy.gov site): 1)
help to slow the growth of greenhouse Cover pots when cooking and also
gases? Let me share some suggestions when storing food in the refrigerator
Director of Alumni Relations
that I have gleaned from websites such (uncovered, refrigerated food generates
as www.energy.gov, the Department of moisture, which makes the refrigerator
Energy site: compressor work harder). 2) Wash
your dishes by hand, or run only a full
• Start by having a free home energy dishwasher. 3) Hang out clothes to
audit (in Massachusetts, visit www. dry, or in winter, hang them indoors
masssave.com to get a free energy to generate needed moisture. 4) Use
audit and see videos about money- public transportation, ride-share, walk,
saving energy conserving tips, or call or ride a bicycle. 5) If you drive, keep
(866) 527-7283. If you live outside of your tires properly inflated and engine
Massachusetts, call your local electric, tuned, and combine trips to minimize
gas, or utility company. driving. 6) Close blinds and drapes to
• Heating and cooling account for 45% minimize heat loss in the winter and
of an average home's utility costs. heat gain in the summer. 7) Shut the
Installing a programmable thermostat doors and seal off heating and cooling
to customize heat settings during ducts to unused rooms. 8) Experiment
different time periods will result in a with wearing more layers of clothing
10-15% reduction in heating/cooling and lowering your thermostat in the
costs (rebates for programmable winter. In the summer, open a window or
thermostats are available in most turn on a fan, rather than running the
states). If your furnace is 10 years old or air conditioning. 9) Avoid automatic car-
older, consult with your fuel company to starters; an idling car gets zero mpg.
Alumni Connection 3 Spring 2010
Getting to Green
Green Pioneers continues to tweak her own abode. She
ong before “green jobs” were a recently installed a radiant floor heating
recognized career track, HCC system that uses water to heat the home.
alums were staking their claims Another unit recaptures warmed air to
to eco-friendly futures—in business, heat the water for her shower. Both
government, and the arts. Recently, reduce her dependence on electricity.
we asked some of these green pioneers
how they turned their love of the “It’s what I love to do,” she says. “And,
environment into a sustainable career. in a small way, it does reduce my carbon
While their paths were strikingly footprint.”
different, all of them share an ability
to translate knowledge into action, and A Changing Career
passion into purpose. Growing up in Springfield, Tom Orszack
’72, always thought it would be great to
Keeping Things Natural get a job “working in the outdoors.” That
Heather Ruel in her office at the U.S. Dept. As an HCC student, Eva Thomas, ’73, concept has changed considerably since
of Fish and Wildlife never took a science class. Instead, he first arrived at HCC in the winter of
the West Springfield native earned an 1970.
Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and
moved to California where she indulged “At first, I thought I’d become a game
in her passions for the outdoors, organic warden,” says the retired Massachusetts
gardening, and natural cooking. All of Department of Environmental Protection
these interests seem to converge when administrator. “Then I saw how much
she bought her first home. they made. I figured there’d have to be
another agency where I could do some
“When I started remodeling my own good work.”
home, I brought it down to the studs,
and I began experimenting with all of the Orszack found his launching pad in
ways I could recycle and reuse materials,” 1974, when he began working for the
says Eva, now an environmental building Springfield Conservation Commission. As
consultant. “I found I could conserve the Environmental Specialist, he helped to
money by conserving materials.” enforce the newly promulgated Wetlands
Protection Act, which protects certain
Eva Thomas in front of the Palo Alto log cabin Thomas learned her trade by consulting lands from development.
where she recently installed eco-friendly radiant with experts and rolling up her sleeves.
floor heating, and a water heater that uses ambient She built her next house, which had “What attracted me then, and kept me
air to heat her shower. thermal insulated windows and a thermal in the field, was the fact that I was being
siphoning system that kept it naturally paid to go out in the woods—urban or
cool. All lighting fixtures used eco-friendly suburban—and work with people to see
CFL bulbs and were installed in locations how things could work.”
that maximized their efficiency. Laundry
water was used to hydrate the garden, In 1979 Orszack joined the Massachusetts
and the specially designed plumbing Department of Natural Resources (now
system did away with the practice of the Department of Environmental
running the hot water. The total electric Protection), where he worked for more
bill for this 3000-square-foot home? than 20 years in a variety of positions. In
About $25 a month. some capacities, he worked mainly with
government officials, private contractors,
These days, Eva runs an environmental and the public, informing them of
building consulting agency out of her the requirements of environmental
home – a log cabin in the mountains laws. At other times, he conducted
above Palo Alto. While she helps her inspections or gave expert testimony
Environmental expert Tom Orszack clients do eco-friendly renovations, she on an environmental issue. Throughout
Alumni Connection 4 Spring 2010
Getting to Green
his career, one thing remained constant “Buying the dirt to save “I’d never been successful at school—not
however: the need to keep learning. the critters” since the third grade—so when I decided
Long walks in her childhood home of to go to HCC, I told myself I would take a
“There were always new trainings to keep Stafford, CT made Heather Ruel a life-long class that I was really interested in,” says
you up on things,” he said. “I went to nature lover. Ruel, now a realty specialist with the U.S.
Smoke School—where we had to calibrate Department of Fish and Wildlife. “And that
our eyes to assess the smoke coming “I used to get up before anyone else and class was environmental science.”
out of a smoke stack—and I went to Odor go out fishing in the stream down the
School, where you learned to recognize road,” she says. “I’d have a piece of string, Ruel’s instincts were on the mark. After
volatile organic compounds. “ a safety pin, and a little bit of hot dog. I’d graduating from HCC 2001, she went
catch that fish, clean it, and we’d eat it for on to earn a BA and a MA in Geography
Retired for more than seven years, Orszack dinner.” from UMass. She also became involved
can finally enjoy the outdoors without in her town’s Conservation Commission
studying it. Ruel continued to hike and explore the and helped remove invasive plant species
outdoors as an adult (“I know every inch along the Connecticut River. These days,
“But when I see my old (work) friends, of the Holyoke range,” she says), but it she helps the federal government acquire
I’m always curious what’s happening wasn’t until she was a married mother of land that can be used for wildlife refuges.
with different projects,” he says. “I can’t three that she considered making a career
help it.” change. That decision involved some risk. continues on page 8
Photo: Dennis Hohenberger, papercitybuzz.com
cut her political teeth on one of the “I very much enjoy meeting with
most hotly contested environmental people and talking to them about the
debates of the 1980s: a proposal to issues they care about,” she says. “And
site a waste-to-energy incinerator environmental issues will always be
in Holyoke. Concerned about the important to Holyoke, where we have a
toxins the plant would deposit in natural resource—the dam—that allows
the air and water, Pluta engaged in a us to make low-cost energy. “
massive public education campaign,
eventually convincing officials to drop Pluta’s confidence surprises no one—
the project. least of all, her fellow HCC alums. With
her latest electoral victory, she joins a
“It wasn’t my first foray into politics—I growing list of HCC alumni who have
had been involved in fighting the found their calling in the political arena,
closure of a neighborhood school, too— including two of her predecessors,
but it gave me a good idea about how Holyoke Mayors Michael Sullivan ’77
the political process works,” say Pluta, and Danny Szostkiewicz '87, State
who earned her BA in political science Representative, Michael Kane ’90, and
from Mount Holyoke College. “I got former Speaker of the Massachusetts
comfortable in the political arena.” House of Representatives (and
HCC President), David M. Bartley
Congressman John Olver and Mayor Elaine Fast forward 25 years and Elaine Pluta ’54. Several of them joined Pluta
Pluta at the Mayor's Inaugural Ball is still comfortable with the rough-and- on November 30, 2009, when HCC
tumble of public dialogue. She’s had a officially feted Holyoke’s first female
From Environmental Issues to lot of practice. In addition to working mayor at a gala reception, held in the
City Politics, Holyoke's First as an aide to Congressman John Olver, Kittredge Center.
Woman Mayor is Fearless (D-Amherst), she has served on the
Holyoke City Council, where constituent “Elaine exemplifies what Holyoke
olyoke Mayor Elaine Pluta, services are the name of the game. Community College stands for,” said
’92, is no newcomer to She’s grateful to have that experience David Bartley. “She showed the world
environmental issues. The now, as she assumes the role of mayor that opportunity starts right here.“
HCC alumna and mother of three in her hometown.
Alumni Connection 5 Spring 2010
From Bruised Knuckles to Smiles
Renovation transforms OSDDS
Built before the Americans with Disabilities Act altered building in the OSDDS waiting area.
codes, the complex of offices comprising HCC’s Office for It’s a simple accommodation
Students with Disabilities and Deaf Services (OSDDS) was that allows Fernandes to wait
usable but not at all comfortable for the students it served. outside the flow of hallway
traffic and interact with those
“The doorframes were narrow for wheelchair users; we had lots sitting on the bench.
of bruised knuckles and scraped wood” said Maureen Conroy,
OSDDS director. “Because there wasn’t enough room to turn a Budget considerations forced
wheelchair around, leaving required backing straight out.” the project to be divided into
two phases. With five offices Student Justin Fernandes chats
But after months of construction, the offices now feature renovated, the next phase will with OSDDS Learning Specialist
extra-wide doorframes and entry spaces that enable a tackle four more, along with Debra Geoffroy outside the
wheelchair to easily enter and turn around. Adjustable desks the Assistive Technology space. renovated OSDDS
and round tables accommodate staff and visitors. Conroy hopes that the project
will inspire others to consider all members of the community
“I love it!” said student Justin Fernandes, demonstrating
when building or renovating space. “It’s neither complicated
how neatly his wheelchair fit in the space alongside a bench
nor expensive to make things work for everyone,” she said.
Raul Matta ’07 (shown with professors Diane Beers (left) and Deborah Fairman (right),
was the keynote speaker at Honors Convocation on October 12. A 2009 graduate
of Hampshire College, Raul is an outreach worker for the Center for Education
Prevention and Action in Holyoke. He was also featured in the January 8, 2010,
issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, in a feature titled “Holyoke Community
College Builds on its Transfer Tradition.” Read the story at www.chronicle.com/article/
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LC noted in League for Innovation in CC
HCC’s Learning Communities (LCs) were featured on the website of the League for Innovation
in the Community College this past fall, in a story that emphasized the critical role they
have played in leading the campus in innovation, collaboration, inclusion, and excellence in
LCs are team taught, interdisciplinary courses that engage students in viewing a common
theme through multiple lenses. For example, the LC “Counting Crime” incorporated "Basic
Mathematics" and "Introduction to Criminal Justice." Students examined the intersection of
race, crime, and justice, while also focusing on understanding and interpreting the numbers
behind the research.
There is strong evidence that LCs help underprepared students prepare, prepared students
advance, and advanced students excel.
Media Arts Center Opens
A grand opening on October 28 gave the college the opportunity to show off its new Media
Arts Center (MAC). Dedicated to instruction in electronic media and photography, it is the only
place in Western Massachusetts where students can access sophisticated digital equipment and
instruction without being in the major.
The 10,500 sq. foot facility includes specialized studios and classrooms dedicated to animation,
game design, sound and video production, digital imaging, and photography. Digital and
conventional photography are together under one roof, with labs dedicated to wet-process color
and black and white photography, alternative photographic processes, and digital processing. A
comfortable lounge is equipped with two large flat screen monitors displaying student work, and
an interactive touch-screen kiosk for interactive multimedia.
A 60-seat black box performance space equipped with lighting, video projection, and sound
system was put to good use by HCC alumnus Dan O’Neill ’09 (pictured right), who created a
riveting multimedia piece for the grand opening.
Kittredge Grant Helps Musician Create More Than Music
Second year student Jeffrey Gilmartin knew his idea to make highly-customized, yet
affordable, guitar pedals had struck the right chord when he was named recipient of this
year's Kittredge Mini-Grant.
Established by HCC alumnus Michael Kittredge '73, the $500 annual award enables HCC’s
budding entrepreneurs to obtain further skills in their chosen field, attend conferences, or
purchase materials needed to enhance their business.
Gilmartin said the $500 will be used to make a prototype of a "boutique" guitar pedal,
an electronic circuit board that connects the electric guitar and the amplifier to create
unique sound effects and tones. Gilmartin said his pedal will combine an echo-like sound
with a higher octave tone.
Although customized pedals are costly to purchase, Gilmartin said his goal is to develop a
model that could be mass-produced at a lower cost, and still maintain the tonal integrity
of a boutique pedal.
Jeffrey Gilmartin accepts Kittredge Mini-Grant
from adjunct faculty member Pam Baran '79 “I always wanted to go to the next step but couldn't afford to do it. Now I can," he said.
Alumni Connection 7 Spring 2010
Getting to Green
continued from page 5
“I help buy the dirt so we can save the Growing Green Jobs
critters,” she quips. Then becoming If we train them, the demand will come
serious, she adds “We protect the habitats
for people, for wildlife, for plants, so we olyoke Community College is • Working with local community
can all enjoy them.” not waiting for the economy group, Nuestras Raices, HCC is
to suddenly sprout leaves. sponsoring a solar boiler technician
On good days, the job involves site visits. Supported by state and federal training for Holyoke youth, ages
She oversees properties from Virginia to grants, community partners, and 18 to 24. Participants gain a basic
the Canadian border. On bad days, well, burgeoning social awareness of the understanding of photovoltaic cells,
Ruel doesn’t really know if she has bad environment, HCC is training the next rudimentary plumbing, and energy
days. generation of green entrepreneurs, conservation—knowledge they
employers, and workers now. can use on the job or in additional
“I became involved in land conservation education. Future plans include
• The MassGREEN Institute: HCC has English language classes that
because I realized that all of the places
joined a statewide initiative that is augment skill-based training in green
I love would disappear if I didn’t,” she
creating a single, standardized, green careers.
says. “My job is to make sure that land is
job training program at each of the
protected. I can’t imagine doing anything “We can’t predict what industries will
state’s community colleges. Working
else.” take off, so the idea is to teach green—
with community partners we are
training employers to develop green give people the basics—so they can get
jobs like weatherization and energy into entry-level jobs,” says HCC’s Vice
auditing. President of Business and Community
Service Jeffrey Hayden. “Some might
• The Pathways Out of Poverty grant use their skills in a new field we haven’t
allows HCC to give as many as 70 yet contemplated. Others might decide
unemployed Holyoke and Springfield to back up their training with more
residents training that can lead education. We want them to have
directly to entry-level jobs. This options.”
grant allowed HCC to offer four-week
training courses in weatherization,
energy auditing, and insulation in fall
2009 and spring 2010.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of the following members of the HCC community:
Robert Dana '49 Deborah M. Ferriter '75 Genny Lyn St. Peter '06
Alfred W. Charbonneau '54 Mary T. (Kennedy) Pope '75 Adam Washburn '06
William T. Walker '54 Jeanne Y. Viens '75 Martin R. "Marty" Anderson,
food service manager at HCC
John A. Trudeau '56 Henry J. Hurteau '79
Laurie M. Stevens,
Edward J. Foley '57 Carol A. (Bushey) Ottomaniello '79
former ceramics instructor at HCC
Michael Penna '58 James N. Sullivan '79
Michael P. Szwed,
Eleanor A. Murray '63 Victoria Denise Velez '81 retired professor of Economics
Stanley J. Miles, Jr. '71 Dorothy G. Aloisi '82 and Finance
Allen C. Champagne '73 Kevin Baush '90 Benedict E. Tarnauskas,
retired HCC staff
David J. Kosiol '73 Liza L. Basile '91
Patrick E. Turner '74 Deanne E. Delisle '99
Alumni Connection 8 Spring 2010
Letter from the Alumni Association President
Dear Alumni, difference financially, but it will show the
e are an Alumni Association respect you have for someone very special
that has already disproven the to you.
myth that community college
alumni rarely give to community colleges. One of our alumni said, "I give because
attending HCC changed the course of my
Now, we are hard at work creating new academic and personal life. Community
possibilities. Our Alumni Association colleges are the only institutions of
is beginning to play a major role in higher learning dedicated to offering that
supporting the quality of education at opportunity to all who seek it."
Holyoke Community College. For example,
an alumna has recently endowed a new I am counting on you to become part of
scholarship fund, and two other alumni this work. Please write your check today or
have endowed beautiful study areas in go online to www.hcc.edu/donate so that
Donahue and Frost Buildings. we can deliver the support that Holyoke
Community College needs and provide
In a challenging economic time, such proof to all who doubt that community
expressions of generosity are noteworthy. college alumni are passionate about Alumni Association President Gloria G. Lomax ‘75,
supporting community colleges. Professor Emeritus
Our annual fund dollars are just as
important, because millions of dollars have Sincerely,
been cut from our state higher education
funding, while more and more students are
turning to HCC.
Gloria G. Lomax '75
By donating, you will be expressing your
commitment to this college—the students, President, Holyoke Community College The HCC Foundation 2009 Giving
the faculty, and the staff. If you contribute Alumni Association report is now online. To view it,
your gift "in honor of" or "in memory of" please visit www.hcc.edu and then
a favorite professor, staff member, relative, click on "Alumni and Friends"
or friend, your gift will not only make a
2010 HCC Annual Fund (closes June 30, 2010)
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Alumni Connection 9 Spring 2010
1953 bending. Alumni who are purchasing agents 1972
Henry P. Monaghan is Harlan Fiske are welcome to call him at (413) 532-9022. Victor Kamont is majoring in Addiction
Stone Professor of Constitutional Law Studies and Photojournalism at Pierce
at Columbia University. Monaghan was Robert Coulter and his wife enjoy life in College in Woodland Hills, CA. He won
honored at a June 2009 symposium, a retirement community in Texas. Lots second place for News Photo of the
"The View from the Curmudgeon's of social and educational activities keep Year, the award for Best Cub (new)
Lair." Monaghan’s papers from that them busy, and, although retired, they Photographer, the Editor's Choice
symposium were published in the March are substitute teachers in the local school Award, and the John Gallo Scholarship.
2010 Columbia Law Review. In winter district and seasonally employed with the Next semester, he will be the chief
2010, he introduced Attorney General of IRS. They especially appreciate Texas in photographer for the college newspaper,
the United States Eric H. Holder, Jr. at an January and February, when they don’t have and serve on the Bull Magazine staff.
event in which Holder received the Medal to shovel the driveway or scrape the car. Alumni may listen to his online show
for Excellence from Columbia University. "Happy Hour" at kpcradio.com, or contact
Bill Harris was honored in June 2009,
Monaghan's recent article, "Supremacy him at (310) 924-9144 or kpcradio.com.
with his second Emmy Award for Best
Clause Fundamentalism," was published in
News Anchor from the Michigan Chapter
the April 2010 Columbia Law Review. 1973
of the National Academy of TV Arts and
Peter G. Warren left telecom after 20
Sciences. Bill and son Christopher also
1956 years as an electrical engineer. Already
received two Emmy nominations for a
Arthur G. LaMirande grew up in South possessing an MS in Electrical Engineering
series of first-hand reports documenting
Hadley and played the organ in many area from UMass, he earned an MS in
Bill's 2008 prostate cancer diagnosis,
churches, serving as the interim organist Bioinformatics from Brandeis University in
surgery, and recovery. In January, Bill was
at St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield in 2004, worked two internships in biotech,
inducted into the Michigan Associated
fall 1999. The organist at St. John's Church and assumed a full-time position at Wyeth
Press Broadcast Journalism Hall of Fame.
in Elizabeth, NJ since October 2006, in 2006. Warren writes, "I've always
LaMirande currently resides in Manhattan. appreciated the start that HCC gave me...
He is scheduled to perform on May 1, 2011, That experience, including the generous
Gary R. Wolpert is attending college for
at St. Thomas Church in New York City, and and warm-hearted attention of several
the fifth time. After graduating from HCC,
during the 2011-2012 season at St. Patrick's great teachers there, helped me to build
he earned BA, MS, and MBA degrees. He
Cathedral in New York City. my confidence (which was pretty low at
is currently studying diagnostic medical
the time), so that I was able to go on to
sonography at Fox Business Institute in
1963 Amherst College, from which I graduated
West Hartford, CT. He has been an adjunct
Howard B. Greaney was successfully Magna Cum Laude in 1975."
professor at Westfield State College, a vice
re-elected for his second consecutive
president of international marketing and
term as member-at-large on the School 1975
sales for a technical company (annually
Committee for Holyoke Public Schools. Michael D.
logging 100 days of international travel),
Kubic is senior
1966 and has five patents to his name.
Norene Roberts is an historical consultant corporate
to the Massachusetts International Festival
controller, and chief
David L. Dupont, currently the principal
for the arts (MIFA), which is spearheading accounting officer
at Holyoke High School, will assume a new
the rehabilitation of the Victory Theater in at Alliance Data
position on July 1 as superintendent of the
Holyoke. Roberts is writing a nomination to Systems in Texas.
Holyoke Public Schools. He received his
place the theater on the National Register Prior to joining
BA in American History from UMass and
of Historic Places. Those interested in Alliance, Kubic served as vice president of
his MA in Administration from Westfield
restoring the Victory Theater can email: finance for Kevco, Inc. and vice president and
State College. He has been the principal
firstname.lastname@example.org. corporate controller for BancTec, Inc. Kubic
at Peck Jr. High School, Lynch Jr. High
holds a BA from UMass and is a CPA in the
1969 School, and Dean Technical High School.
State of Texas.
Wayne Cordes is president of Tech Fab, He also held the position of director
Inc., of South Hadley, MA, a precision metal of operations at the Holyoke School Watson B. Laughton recommends alums
fabricating business. Their products include Department. visit the Library of Congress and the Post
customized CNC machining, laser cutting, Office Museum in Washington, D.C. He
robotic welding, and precision forming and says that the Library of Congress will "rock
Alumni Connection 10 Spring 2010
your world," with its huge collection of of the UMass Amherst Alumni Board. He 1988
mini-museums on every topic imaginable. resides in Boston and loves living in St. Barbara Lamirande-Smith completed
The George and Ira Gershwin room was Gregory's Parish in Dorchester. her BSN from UMass in 1999 and her MEd
particularly of interest to him because he in Occupational Education from Westfield
loves music. 1984 State College in spring 2010. She teaches
Cynthia A. Bishop is business at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke.
1978 development manager/vice president
Alex Sajkovic serves on the executive at Science Applications International Lisa Napiorkowski has been named
committee of PioneerValleyLocalFirst. Corporation (SAIC) in northern Virginia. assistant director of the Council on Aging
org, a group of business owners who Bishop, who plans to retire this year, at the Senior Center in South Hadley, MA.
encourage Pioneer Valley citizens to returns to Western MA to see relatives An administrative secretary to the South
buy locally. The group is committed and friends and research her family's Hadley town administrator for many
to meeting the energy, food, housing, history in the Holyoke History Room, years, she has worked for the Town of
transportation, and other community currently housed in the HCC Library. She South Hadley since 1988.
needs in ways that are locally sustainable. traveled to Scotland in 2009 with the New
Sajkovic's business, ASN Stone, located at England Historical Genealogical Society 1989
518 Pleasant St., Northampton, sells stone (NEHGS) to conduct research on her Eugene (Gene) Black is completing
and does full installation on residential great-grandparents, who emigrated from his bachelor's degree at the University
and commercial projects. Please visit Scotland to Holyoke in the late 1800s. Without Walls at UMass, Amherst. Certified
www.asnstone.com or call Sajkovic at to work with people with autism and
(413) 586-5180. 1985 Asperger Syndrome, he currently works
Laurie Beauchemin received her Masters in residential settings, public schools, and
James Schelfhaudt is a photographer of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Family community agencies.
living in Cape Neddick, ME. He earned an Nursing from Frontier School of Midwifery
AS from HCC, and a BA in English from in Hyden, KY in October 2009. She 1990
the UMass. Originally drawn to black has been a perinatal nurse at BayState Carol Lawson received her BS from
and white photography, Schelfhaudt has Medical Center for 21 years. She is Western New England College in 2007
embraced digital photography for the grateful for the scholarship she received after taking 17 years to complete her
added dimensions of color, convenience, from the HCC Alumni Association during degree one course at a time. She has had
creative control, and wide latitude for her graduate program. six of her creative poems published by two
error. Alumni are invited to visit his different publishing houses and has done
website at www.compasspointgallery.com. 1986 freelance reporting and photography for
Cleveland Burton retired from Lenox/ the Chicopee Register.
Bruce Zimmerman earned his BA in music American Saw, a division of Newell
from the University of Miami in 1981, his Rubbermaid, where he had worked for Gregory S. Schneider is co-founder of 3BL
Master of Music from the University of 36 years. He is on the board of directors Media. 3BL stands for Triple Bottom Line—
Hawaii in 1984, and his Doctor of Musical and executive committee of the Regional People Planet Profit. Schneider's company
Arts from the Hartt School of Music in Employment Board of Hampden County, creates and distributes news and content
1986. Bruce is composer and owner and serves as chair of its Youth Council of about corporate social responsibility,
of Sound Productions, a film scoring Hampden County. He a member of the HCC sustainability, and cause marketing for
project studio in Windsor, CT, where for Alumni Council and is also on the executive businesses and non-profit organizations.
more than 17 years he has composed board of Putnam Advisory Council, which The company uses blogs, videos, podcasts,
music for Saturday Night Live, PBS, FOX will be breaking ground this fall to build a press releases, email, Twitter, Facebook,
Network, and Warner Brothers, among new high school by 2012. and other Web 2.0 technologies to reach
others. He has won three EMMY Awards and influence people. Alumni are invited to
(New England Region) for Outstanding 1987 visit 3blmedia.com
Individual Achievement in Original Peter Tallman was recently re-elected
Music Composition for his work in public Aaron M. Vega was elected to the
for his sixth term as City Councilor-at-
television. Holyoke City Council in November 2009.
large in Holyoke. He has been a member
After HCC, he earned dual bachelor
of the Air National Guard for 19 years,
1983 and is a tech sergeant with the 104th
degrees in Psychology and Theater/Film
Paul J. Hohenberger is associate director of from Keene State College. He worked
Fighter Wing, stationed at Barnes
development at the College of Engineering with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns
Airport in Westfield, MA.
at UMass Amherst and an elected member continues on page 12
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continued from page 11 profit organization that provides Instructor at Holyoke Works, teaches
for four years and has had films air on paid employment and training to classes in Microsoft Office products, and
PBS, HBO, TLC, and at international film homeless and formerly incarcerated offers World of Work workshops, including
festivals. He is currently working on a men. She received her MAP in public customer service, time management, and
documentary for the Media Education administration from UMass Boston in communications.
Foundation in Northampton, MA. Alumni 2002.
can see his clips at www.vegaclips.com.
Vega and his wife, Debra, own a yoga and
1994 Edna M.
Yvette Weldon Cammock received a MM Alvarado is a
dance studio at Open Square in Holyoke,
from Cambridge College in 2004. She parent educator/
MA. Alumni are invited to visit the studio
is education coordinator for The Key mentor/coach
Program at the Department of Children under a five-year
1991 and Families in the Holyoke office, Healthy Marriage
June S. Henneman took a class at HCC where she manages the educational federal grant
in 1988 at age 70. She enjoyed it so much needs of children in intensive foster or program, working
that she kept coming back to take more residential care. at Holyoke/
classes. Gail Indyk (retired director of adult Chicopee/Springfield Head Start, Inc.
support programs) convinced her to get
1997 She received her BA in Human Services/
Robin MacRostie is owner of Counseling from the University Without
her degree, which she earned with honors
choreographicdesign.com in Amherst, Walls at UMass Amherst. Her son, Jordan
at age 73. Interested in history, reading,
MA, a graphic design business that uses Rivera, is a first year student in HCC's
and traveling, she has been to Europe
images to create graphic representations Criminal Justice Program.
ten times, and just returned from Hawaii.
of businesses that can be used in
Her granddaughter in London gives her
a good reason to visit. June lives on the
marketing, online and offline. She works 2005
with local and national clients to design Susan Hall
land in Belchertown that her great-great
logos, websites, newsletters, business graduated
grandfather bought in 1790.
stationery, and promotional materials. from Wellesley
1993 Alumni are invited to visit her website College in June
Rebecca Davis or contact her at (413) 549-6403 or 2009. Selected
graduated email@example.com to go abroad in
from American January 2007
1998 as part of a
Wendy Wright is the new human resource "History and
and development administrator at the Culture in Jamaica" winter session, she
1995 with a
Carson Center For Human Services. discovered Children and Community for
BSBA. In 2003
She had previously been the director of Change (3Cs), for which she designed
human resources and development officer and was awarded a Susan G. Knafel
her MBA in
at Abilities Unlimited, which merged with '52 International Internship that took
Accounting from the University of
the Carson Center. She graduated from her to 3Cs as a camp administrator the
Phoenix-Cleveland. She will be an adjunct
Smith College in 2000, with a major following summer. She has researched
faculty member in fall 2010 at Phoenix
in Governmental Studies and minor in and given presentations on aspects
University in Ohio. Becky is currently vice
Psychology. of Hurricane Katrina, including post-
president of the National Association of
Black Accountants, Cleveland Chapter, disaster environmental justice issues.
2000 She currently works for the Boston
a member of the Cleveland Black MBA
Jacqueline Lozada Public Schools as a substitute teacher
Association, and a mentor for college
received her and is creating a tutor program for low
students entering the accounting field.
BA in Business achieving students.
She participated in a 150-mile Bike
Ride Campaign for Multiple Sclerosis.
Though living in Ohio, she still considers
at Westfield 2006
State College in Lynne Marie Wanamaker was selected to
Greenfield, MA home. 2004. She is the bring her "Compassionate Conditioning"
Maura E. Greaney is director of
development at The Doe Fund, a non- continues on page 15
Alumni Connection 12 Spring 2010
Alumni in Action
Study Area Dedicated Distinguished Alumni Beauty in the Urban Landscape
On June 4, 2009, nearly 150 business Art enthusiasts
persons and friends attended the 32nd flocked to the
Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner. Wistariahurst
Presented with our 2009 Distinguished Museum in
Alumni Award are, from left: Steven M. Holyoke to view
Mitus '80 and Moria E. Mitus '93, and on the work of Caleb
the far right, Gregory R. Dubreuil '88. Colon ‘06 during
Second from right is Nadine A. Dubreuil his October 2009
'85, spouse of Gregory Dubreuil. exhibit. On Colon’s canvases, the brick
At a reception celebrating the beautiful factories, canals, and streets of Holyoke
new study area on the second floor and the region sing with life and color.
of Donahue Building that Margaret A.
McCarthy ‘78 donated in memory of their AV Equipment Honors Memory
brother, Lt. Joseph J. McCarthy '70, a of Dance Instructor
former member of the Holyoke Police Members of Troupe Sahibat gathered on
Department, are (right to left) McCarthy, June 25, 2009, to present their donation
her sister, Ann Marie Nawolski, and of an LCD projector, DVD playback unit
Nawolski's daughter, Peg Kelley. and portable projection screen to the
dance studio at the Bartley Center, in
2009 Volunteer of HCC Goes South for the Winter memory of Rose Champagne Superneau
the Year Honored In January 2010, Vice President of '99, former dance instructor at HCC.
Institutional Development Erica Broman
joined a gathering of retired HCC faculty
and staff in Florida. Seated from left are:
Erica Broman, Dr. David M. Bartley '54,
and Bette Bartley. Standing from left are:
Dr. Elaine Ironfield, Dr. Toby Tamarkin,
retired CT State Senator Thomas Dowd,
Dr. Elaine Marieb '80, Harvey Howell,
Victor Thomas, Lois Donohue, and Eve Pictured, from left: Gloria G. Lomax
Thomas. '75, HCC Alumni Association president;
Lori McCarthy; Melinda Thomas; Jackie
Annette Davis- Harris '04, recipient of Champagne (Rose's mother); Sue
the 2009 Volunteer of the Year Award, Zielenski; and Karen Ferroni. (Troupe
was feted by HCC faculty, staff, students, member Robin Rieske was unable to be
family and friends during the Alumni present).
Summer Celebration on June 17, 2009.
Davis-Harris, founder of the "Waiting Broadcasting with Alumni Support
to Excel" student club, now known as Alumni contributions funded the purchase
"Unity Club," graduated from UMass and Media Arts Center of new audio equipment for two recording
plans to continue her work in human Alumni studios in the WCCH radio station.
services. Pictured: seated, James Sliski, Association Pictured with some of the new equipment
president of Unity Club; standing from President are (from left): Kevin Renaud '11, Ricky
left: Professor Jackie Griswold, honoree Gloria Lomax, MacPhail '11, Jaclyn "Miss Jay" Quesnel
Annette Davis-Harris, Senior Programs Professor '10, and Jim
Coordinator Dorothy Blair, Learning Pat Sandoval Fogarty,
Specialist Wayne Nelson, and Assistive '87, and adjunct
Technology Specialist Robert Baran '94. retired professor Jeanne Hatch took in faculty
the October grand opening of HCC’s new member.
Media Arts Center.
Alumni Connection 13 Spring 2010
I enlisted the help of the New England and held many fund raisers. Again, my
Forestry Foundation in Littleton, husband and I wrote grants and obtained
Massachusetts, who sent a Land Protection funding for the project. We then asked the
Specialist to help us develop a plan to save citizens of our town to vote to fund the
our watershed area. When a 78-acre parcel balance. The town voted overwhelmingly
of forest became available for sale in our to purchase the land. We now have over
neighborhood, I wrote the landowner and 500 acres of conservation land protected
asked if he would consider working with us. forever in our watershed, including two miles
of frontage along Purgatory Brook with a
Months went by until I received a phone waterfall and scenic views of North Pack,
call from the landowner. My neighbors Pack Monadnock, and Temple Mountains.
and I agreed to try to raise the money
to purchase the land and if we were Each year, our town votes for a “Grand
successful, New England Forestry Marshall,” a citizen who has made a
Foundation would own and manage the significant contribution to the town. I
y love of the outdoors began land and permanently protect it from had the great honor to be elected Grand
when I joined the outdoor club development. We had under a year to raise Marshal that year for my volunteer work
at Holyoke Community College. the money, or it would go on the market. in conservation. If there is a place in your
I have wonderful memories of being neighborhood or town that you love, don’t
with great people on adventures hiking, We sold t-shirts, held raffles, flea markets, be afraid to try to protect and save it for
backpacking, cross country skiing, yard sales, and concerts at local coffee the next generation. I have learned that
rock climbing, white water rafting, and houses, and attended parades, holiday one person cannot do it all by themselves,
caving. It has been well over 30 years fairs and pancake breakfasts. My husband but one person can make a difference.
since then, but enjoying the outdoors and I wrote grants to foundations and
remains a significant part of my life. organizations near and far. We received Joanne G. Draghetti '76
When my husband and I moved to our a check for $5,000 from Paul Newman’s
small New Hampshire town (population charitable foundation! The Nadeau Forest,
2,200) fifteen years ago, I felt lucky to named after the landowner, was purchased
be in a rural place surrounded by forest in 2004 and is now permanently protected
and wildlife and be able to hike outside by the New England Forestry Foundation.
my door, without having to drive to get
to trails. Shortly afterward, I was asked to join
my town’s Conservation Commission, We Love Letters!
Our town had conservation land along where I have been instrumental in helping We welcome hearing from our
the Purgatory Brook Watershed, but secure another 250 acres of forest and alumni and enjoy reading the letters
most of the land was not protected undeveloped land along the watershed we receive, which we publish in
from development. Like many small abutting Nadeau Forest. In 2008, we the Alumni Connection whenever
New England towns, ours began to learned that 250 acres would soon be possible. If you would like your
have “growing pains” as “McMansions” auctioned for about $500,000. With current photo published along with
began to spring up. I felt we had to only 10 days and $100,000 in our Town your letter, please send it to us
do something to preserve this unique Conservation Fund, I called a local land electronically. We are also happy to
place before it was too late, but thought, trust. After much discussion, they were include a photo of you during the era
“What can one person do?” I contacted able to find an anonymous donor willing you attended HCC. We reserve the
conservation groups in my area to see if to put up the money to temporarily buy right to edit letters to conform with
they could help. Most said there wasn’t the property and call off the auction. We space and editorial requirements.
much you could do unless you had money were given two years to raise the money to
Please direct letters to:
to buy land or got landowners to donate purchase the land, otherwise it would be
property for conservation. I decided to sold for development.
HCC Alumni Office
begin a volunteer group to try to raise
303 Homestead Avenue
money to save our beautiful forests and Within one year, I helped the Conservation
Holyoke MA 01040
watershed. I got together like-minded Commission raise much of the money to
FAX: (413) 552-2479
people in my town and we began meeting purchase the land. We went to the local
to put our ideas together. Rotary Club, churches, schools, businesses,
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continued from page 12 September 2009 and will be stationed at Abigael Marie Sicard is a graduate of
fitness and martial arts program to the Westover Air Force Reserve Base. the New England Center for Cosmetology
National Women's Martial Arts Federation & Esthetics Education. A licensed
(NWMAF). Wanamaker, a member of the
2008 cosmetologist and owner of Abbsolute
Alejandro Ramirez attended HCC in the Salon & Day Spa in Sunderland, contact
teaching team at Valley Women's Martial
fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters, then her at (413) 397-9988 or visit www.
Arts in Easthampton, holds black belts
continued at Bristol Community College abbsolutesalon.com.
in two styles of Okinawan karate and
until summer 2009. He studied at Patten
is a certified personal fitness trainer
working with private clients. Visit www.
University and received his minister's 2009
license in June 2009 and his Endorsed Kathleen M. Scholpp passed her exam and
compassionateconditioning.com or call
Community Service Chaplain credentials is now a certified Pharmacy Technician.
her at (413) 527-8317.
in August 2009. Now pastor of the Third She has completed her externship in both
2007 Church of God in New Bedford, MA, he Institutional and Community Pharmacy.
Jorge Mora was among the first dual- may be reached at (508) 674-5690 or
enrolled students at Chicopee High School firstname.lastname@example.org.
and HCC . He enlisted in the Army in
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Alumni Connection 15 Spring 2010
Holyoke Community College Alumni Office PERMIT NO. 820
303 Homestead Avenue SPRINGFIELD, MA 01101
Holyoke, MA 01040
Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m.
Commencement will be under a tent
on the HCC soccer field. Ticket holders
admitted first; the public may attend on
a space-available basis.
Tuesday, June 8, 5-9 p.m.
Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner,
honoring Kay Althoff '82 and Danny
Eaton '74. Please join us as we honor
Earn a BA from Elms College at HCC! two alumni who have been instrumental
in building communities involving HCC
A new partnership between HCC and Elms College now makes it possible for you to alumni: Kay Althoff has directed the
take classes at HCC and earn your BA from Elms. Frances Perkins Program at Mount
Starting in fall 2010, Psychology and Business (accounting and management) Holyoke College for more than 20
degrees will be offered, with English and Early Childhood Education to follow in 2011. years, and Danny Eaton is founder
and producing artistic director of the
Classes will be held on the HCC campus on Friday evenings and Saturdays to
Majestic Theater in West Springfield,
accommodate working adults. Financial aid is available! Priority registration
MA. Registration required by Friday,
deadline is July 16, 2010. Want to learn more? Info sessions will be held at HCC on
May 21 at 4 p.m. Please call (413)
Tuesday, May 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and at Elms on June 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
552-2704 to request an invitation, or
For details, contact the Elms College Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing register online at www.hcc.edu (click on
Education at (413) 265-2490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. "Alumni and Friends").