The CNR Alumni Newsletter is published to keep the alumni community informed of the latest news and events. 
CNR Alumni at Mercy College
December 2021  

Welcome to the CNR Alumni Newsletter!


Welcome Home, Tara Alfano, CNR SAS ’02, GS ‘04

TaraApproximately one year ago we launched the inaugural issue of the CNR Alumni Legacy Newsletter. I recall writing then that I believed we as CNR alumni had found a “home” at Mercy College. And now, I’m thrilled to share that we, in fact, have a physical “home” with the dedication of the CNR Alumni room at the Moller House.

It is also my distinct pleasure in this issue to welcome “home” Tara Alfano, CNR SAS ‘02, GS ’04, as Director of Development, College of New Rochelle, taking on the responsibility from Eileen Niedzwiecki, CNR SAS ’72 in September 2021.

When her guidance counselor at East Haven High School, recommended that Tara consider CNR, she was initially intrigued by the College’s proximity to NYC but the inclusive community she found at CNR is what drew her into applying.

After earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication Arts at CNR, Tara launched a successful career in development and alumni relations, most recently as Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Funds at New York Medical College.

Tara jumped at the opportunity to apply for the position she now holds, which she describes as a “homecoming” and a “full circle moment.” While a student at CNR, Tara had worked with Eileen Niedzwiecki in Alumni Relations and Development leading to lifelong friendships with alumni and now she is thrilled to be back working for her alma mater continuing the work Eileen started.

CNR’s emphasis on Serviam continues to mold and influence Tara’s current philosophy. In her view, this simple but profound CNR motto continues to exist in all of us as alumni. As Director of Development, it is her goal to keep us connected to each other and to the CNR Legacy.

Welcome “home”, Tara Alfano!


Annalinda Pandolfi Ragazzo SAS ’74, CNR Alumni Communications Committee

and committee members:

Marianne Bachand Geiger SAS’55

Mary Ann Geraci Marriott SAS’59

Christine Morrison SAS’72

Patricia Keegan Abels SAS'73

Sister Susan Conte SAS ‘73

Rosa Puleo Napoleone SAS'75 



Spotlight Interview – Marcel Willock '58


Marcelle LeftThe citation for the College of New Rochelle’s Ursula Laurus award she received in 1978 says of Marcelle Willock, “She leads without fear, she is impatient with injustice and mediocrity.”  When asked to react to this Marcelle responds that, as a woman of color and as a female, she realized it was important to know what she wanted and to go after that.  Very few schools accepted women of color, yet she had a dream and knew she had to stick with it, to fight for it.  No one was just going to hand it to her.

Dr. Marcelle Willock, Class of 1958, is a self-proclaimed “Ursuline girl”, the product of an Ursuline education from age 4 through her years at the College of New Rochelle.  Along with recognizing the impact of her family on her life, Marcelle feels that the Ursuline values were inculcated early on and were later amplified during her undergraduate years.  It was, in fact, “Serviam” that led her to medical school and to a career dedicated both to under-served hospitals and to teaching.   

When Marcelle started at CNR she was the only woman of color in her class and among the handful of women of color that had been admitted to CNR up until that time.  Despite that, she says she never felt any discrimination from anyone at the school and to this day is still friends with many of her classmates.

Following commencement, Dr. Willock attended Howard University College of Medicine, one of nine women in the 1962 graduating class, and one of the 19 black female graduates of U.S. medical schools that year.  Although her original interest was in surgery, she switched to anesthesiology and completed a residency at Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Her initial academic appointment was at New York University School of Medicine where she rose to Associate Professor and was Director of the Anesthesiology Residency Program and Associate Director of the Anesthesia Department at Bellevue Hospital, the first woman to hold both those positions.

After a three-year stint in private practice, Marcelle realized her calling was academic medicine so she returned to Presbyterian Hospital and was appointed to the faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  During this time, she obtained a Master's in Higher Education at Teacher’s College at Columbia University.  

In 1982, Marcelle was appointed Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Boston University School of Medicine, the first woman to chair a department in that medical school, only the third woman to chair an academic anesthesiology department and one of fewer than 50 women among chairs in US medical schools.  She was elected President of the hospital staff in 1989 and in 1998 she became the Assistant Provost for Community Affairs. Recognizing the importance of management training with respect to running a department, she was among the first physicians to seek an MBA, which she earned from Boston University in 1989. 

In 2002, Marcelle became the first woman Dean of the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, a two-year medical school affiliated with UCLA.  Upon retirement as Dean, she returned to Boston and in 2020, was made Professor Emerita at Boston University, the first woman of color to be so appointed.
Throughout her career, Marcelle was instrumental in mentoring medical students and junior faculty, and in seeking ways to advance female and minority faculty.  Her legacy includes training over 100 anesthesiologists, many of whom went on to have successful careers of their own.

Marcelle has been involved in numerous professional associations and has held leadership positions in many of them, including the American Medical Women’s Association in New York and Massachusetts; the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiology of which she was the first woman of color to be President; the Board of Directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and its Administrative Council; the Massachusetts Medical Society; and, the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs (SAAC) where she was the first woman to be elected president. 

Along the way, Marcelle has found time for philanthropic efforts.  For fifty years she has led a family foundation in Panama that was started by her grandfather.  In her own words, this has been “the greatest gift”, to be able to educate over 3000 students who would ordinarily not have had the opportunity.  In addition, Marcelle has always made time for her alma mater, serving as a member of CNR’s Board of Trustees, as a class officer, and as a gracious host of alumni events.   

When asked to share her thoughts about retirement Marcelle says that retirement is “a stage of life, not an end of life”. It is not something to be feared, but instead a stage for which you need to be prepared.  “If you look at your life as a means of doing service you find a way to continue to be of service.”  “Don’t stop living.  Choose how to live.”
True to her word Marcelle continues to be active in her own retirement, serving as Vice Chair of the Committee on Senior Physicians of the Massachusetts Medical Society.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Charitable and Educational Fund of the Massachusetts Medical Society that grants loans to Massachusetts medical school students and in 2022 she will be chairing a panel on anesthesiology.

-    Rosa Puleo Napoleone ‘75 


Spotlight Interview – Lauren Chisholm ‘85


COVID did not daunt our CNR Graduate of Fine Arts, Lauren Chisholm, Class of 1985, daughter of Joan Rombach Chisholm SAS ’59 and Joseph Chisholm, CNR trustee from 1975-1981.  On her website, Lauren describes the creative path that led to her highly successful jewelry design business.  Lauren’s professional career started in interior design and evolved to include restoration of antique gilded treasures, fine furniture painting and a 24-year career executing elaborate murals and trompe l’oeil in private estates.  A fall she took off scaffolding and a long fascination with her grandfather’s fine jewelry work led Lauren to explore jewelry making. She designs her pieces to be timeless, chic and wearable.

Lauren Chisholm’s work has been globally recognized in VOGUE, ELLE, METAL, TRADITIONAL HOME, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, as well as ABC WORLD NEWS Tonight with David Muir featuring Lauren’s fine jewelry collections on a MADE in AMERICA segment.

Lauren’s distinguished career has resulted in her innovative line of fine art jewelry where she draws upon her artistic endeavors to create wearable sculpture.  Feel free to visit her website if interested and Instagram @LaurenChisholm_ to discover for yourself our talented CNR alumna, Lauren Chisholm!  

-    Mary Ann Marriott ‘59

Moller House

Have you heard of Moller House?


The Moller Mansion, an example of Gothic Revival architecture, was built in 1854 and is in Tarrytown, New York on 10 acres. This historic property was purchased by Mercy College and is the new home of the Mercy and CNR Alumni Relations staff.

Even though the mansion has been repurposed for office use it still maintains most of its original charm, including tall ceilings and hardwood floors, large French doors that open onto beautiful patios and balconies, and fireplaces with marble mantles and ornate woodwork. There are several large rooms that will easily lend themselves to meetings and social gatherings. There is ample parking, and the surrounding grounds offer more possibilities for gatherings and events such as reunions.

One of the larger spaces, the CNR Legacy Room, contains a rotating exhibit of artifacts preserved from The College of New Rochelle archives in New Rochelle. 

The estate is less than one mile away from I-87/I-287 situated on the border of Irvington and Tarrytown with direct access from the main entrance to South Broadway (US Route 9). There are several hotels located nearby.

Going forward, keep this place in mind as a potential location for classmates to gather, in small or large groups.  

- Rosa Puleo Napoleone ‘75 

Moller House Historical Video presented by Mercy alumna, Joyce Cole ’19, Ossining Village Historian

Slideshow of the CNR Alumni Center at Mercy College


Alumnae College Reflection


The global pandemic has redirected just about every aspect of daily life since March 2020.  But the CNR Legacy Council was determined to recapture the long-standing annual tradition of CNR class reunions and reimagine Alumni College 2021 in a virtual format to include all classes ending in 0s and 5s as well as 1s and 6s.  The happy result was an overwhelming success and will no doubt influence our planning for many years to come!  Most issues related to distance, time, cost, health, or conflicting events were easily overcome to enable a spectacular turnout.  Nearly 1,000 alums clicked in that morning and another 250 logged in on a later date.  You can still view the program on Mercy’s YouTube channel at (Be sure to advance your cursor on the timeline and click when faces appear, or you will be stuck on the Welcome sign.)

Our theme of “SERVIAM - ‘I will Serve’ - THE RIGHT TRANSLATION FOR THIS MOMENT IN TIME” was our inspiration.  From 1904 to 2019, that single Latin word animated education for service at The College of New Rochelle and continues to guide CNR graduates.  We began with a welcome from our faithful Legacy Council co-leaders Marlene Melone Tutera SAS ’71 and Rosa Puleo Napoleone SAS ’75, both of whom were celebrating reunions.  Their reflection on our collective past, the unique circumstances of the present, and their hopes for our future were a testament to the vision that has kept us moving forward.  In his greetings, Mercy College President Tim Hall told us of his new insights into the meaning of Wisdom for Life and Serviam as he has observed CNR alumni in action.  He reinforced Mercy’s commitment to honor our history and remain true to the belief that two schools with one guiding principle can make a powerful difference in the world.   

It's impossible to adequately express our thanks to the six brave women who accepted the challenge to share their reflections on how Serviam has directed the paths they have followed since graduation - limited to five minutes, please!  Each of them told a deeply moving story of rising to address the issues they have encountered in their professions, in their communities, and in their own lives. Each of them has continued to heed the call to serve guided by the universal inspiration of Ursuline values absorbed at The College of New Rochelle.  We were riveted as their unique experiences revealed a common thread so deeply embedded in our own minds and hearts.  They reminded us of the indelible marks left by professors, mentors, role models, and life-long friends that have shaped the people we are today. 

Margaret Lenihan Bovosa SAS ’73 spoke of the Ursuline impact on her life and teaching career and shared her thoughts on the path forward for K-12 education in the post-pandemic phase.  She noted the hardships and pitfalls that online learning has brought to young students and her decision to address the issues she sees from her newly elected position as a member of the City of New Rochelle Board of Education. 

Kathryn Tyranski Macdonald SAS ‘06 told us that although she previously attended an Ursuline school, it was the deeper understanding of the interpretation of Serviam while at CNR that diverted her from her plans to become a journalist and ultimately led her to her career as a college professor and the pedagogy she has developed.  She finds that Serviam is the guiding principle of her work as she models her own CNR professors while leading the honors program and organizing college-wide community service experiences at Monroe College.  

Tricia Pickering SAS ’85 is combining skills from a successful advertising career with her personal commitment to identify shared common goals to improve conditions in our communities.  She was selected to chair a task force to assist the City of Peekskill reform and reimagine the police force.  From feelings of hopelessness in the face of racial unrest this past year, she was propelled to step forward and is now a local leader on the city-wide Commission on Human Relations.  At CNR she learned to get back up and ask for help if you stumble, that every person can make a difference, and life-long friends sustain each other through all things.   

Anne-Marie Nolin SAS’75 says that without actually talking about Serviam during her years at CNR, it seeped into her being and has resonated throughout her life, even guiding her as a convert to Judaism. Serviam has directed her work defining the public service aspect of access and equity in the arts.  She notes that serving the people is the reason that museums exist, rather than just for the preservation of the art.  To quote her, “Serviam is a gift to the servant who takes on this obligation.” 

Renee Blackwell SAS ’95 shared that her translation of Serviam is filtered through the complex lens of her family background, her identity as a black woman, and her years at CNR where she first met women who had dedicated their entire lives to God and to service. Through the example of the Ursulines, she was inspired to become a Catholic herself and to serve the college community in many ministries including the Chapel Choir up to the time the doors were closed.  It was at CNR that she found her calling and her passion for social work which is how she continues to minister to under-served communities in the New York area.  

Lastly, Mary Sommer Sandak SAS ’71 told of being in an art studio with Sr. Justin McKiernan on April 4, 1968 when they heard the radio announcement that Martin Luther King had been assassinated.  She knew at that moment that she would use her CNR education to serve others in honor of his legacy.  She enrolled in the Notre Dame School of Law that notably educates lawyers for service and for her, that intersection with Serviam was the catalyst to use law as a means of service to improve the lives of others, especially women and children.  As a Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut, Mary has worked tirelessly in the courts and in numerous Stamford and Connecticut organizations to effect systemic social changes to address poverty and inequity, including her advocacy to reunite incarcerated women with their children.  Mary states that “the empowering gift of Serviam is one of humility, strength and hope - a unique and enduring gift from CNR that we all share.”       

A brief summary cannot possibly do justice to the amazing contribution that these women so generously prepared for the occasion!  I urge you to organize a treat for yourself by setting aside an hour to view the recording, in total or in part. It will lead to your own reflection on the ways that CNR remains entwined in your life and fan the flames of pride in our collective commitment to make a difference in the world.   

In addition, you will see a nostalgic slide show of CNR photos from the archives sure to tug on the heartstrings.  Click to tune in to a surprise gift of entertainment from Barbara Malley, ’56 who performed a cabaret-style medley of songs specially selected to elicit memories and evoke emotions recalling our best days at The College of New Rochelle and inspiring us to make the most of our future. Brava Barbara!!!  

We assisted a number of classes in scheduling individual class Zoom sessions throughout the weekend.  They were a huge hit and ran the gamut from informal chats to highly organized presentations that included photos, memorabilia, beautiful reflections, and pop quizzes.  Class committees determined the content and CNR Alumni Relations did our best to support the effort and offer the technology connection.  Many classes were inspired to schedule periodic ongoing sessions to keep up the contacts!  

Congratulations to everyone - you created celebrations that truly honored our legacy! Once again, I repeat how proud I am to be a CNR alumna.  No financial crisis can ever take away our rich inheritance.                 

- Eileen Niedzwiecki SAS ‘72

SAVE THE DATE - Alumni College 2022 - June 3-4   
Classes ending in 2 and 7 - mark your calendar and watch for further announcements!

CNR Diary, Volume 4



Many alums submitting CNR Diary items have written about their family legacy at the College of New Rochelle, their sense of accomplishment on commencement day or the lifelong friendships they made while students.   Here are several Diary entries, heavily edited for space, on those popular themes.


Family Legacy 
In the late 1800’s my family moved from Manhattan to New Rochelle. My grandfather was a toddler and in CNR’s early years of teaching young women early childhood education he was one of their pre-k pupils! The tradition continued and my sister enrolled as a freshman in the years when young women wore stockings and skirts to the dining room and ate family style.

Four of my nuclear family have attended CNR and, earning varying degrees, we have each availed ourselves of the bounty and richness of CNR.
My daughter also attended; that’s THREE generations of loving our ‘neighborhood college’ and we are so grateful for our legacy. 


Theresa (Terry) Cotterall-Lagana, SNR ‘89


I cherish my family alumnae. My grandmother, Josephine Louy Brown, was in the class of 1927.  She was the first in her class to have a baby, my mother, Patricia Ann Brown (Foa).  My mother’s baby pic is in that yearbook.  My mother graduated with the class of 1946.  Three of my professors overlapped with her years at CNR:  Sr. Phyllis Hinchcliffe ‘49, Sr. Anne Bunting ‘49 and Sr. Mary Boyan ‘46.  My mother was the first in her class to marry. Well, the tradition goes on.  I attended the college from 1969-1972.  I married my husband, Richard, and we had the first baby in the class of 1972.  This October we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.  My aunt Rita Brown Moreland was in the class of 1949 and my cousin Patricia Moreland Arestie graduated in 1973. 

Catherine Foa Rankel, SAS’72


Joy at Commencement 


One of the most memorable memories that I have about the time I attended The College of New Rochelle is that both my husband and my Commencement Exercises were celebrated together on Thursday, May 27, 2004, at Radio City Music Hall. Both sets of our parents were in attendance to celebrate with us as was my sister and her husband. My husband received his bachelor's degree, and I received my master's degree. I am still living the motto "Wisdom for Life" as I am a Scholar-Practitioner working on my dissertation for my Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. I breathe Wisdom for Life. 


Denise Grant SNR’02, GS ‘04 and spouse Robin Russell Grant, SNR’04 


I have many favorite moments at the Co-op City Campus which I attended. One of my favorite mentors was Professor Crowder, who put me at ease from the first class. I have a good friend Brigitte Frye whom I met at school.

I made the Dean's List a few times, got a scholarship; but the best of all was when I walked the stage to receive my bachelor’s degree, graduating with honors.  


Lilian Pascal, SNR’14 

Friends for Life  


In the spring of 1994, as my high school years quickly drew to a close, I began writing letters with another 18-year-old Maine girl I'd never met. We had both recently been accepted to the College of New Rochelle, and CNR paired as us up as pen pals so we could get acquainted before becoming roommates. We never met one another in Maine; that big event would take place in September in our single (!) dorm room. 

At first, we got along well enough, but then we quickly got on one another's nerves. Things came to a head one day and we were fed up. In a fit of teen angst and melodrama, we decided we would no longer live together. I would arrange to move out the next day.

When the next day came, we both had a change of heart -- and tried again. It is one of the best decisions I've ever made. While she only stayed at CNR for the rest of the year (moving back to Maine to go to a state school), we became thick as proverbial thieves. Suddenly we GOT each other. Now both 45, we are still the best of friends -- like sisters, really -- and our kids have grown up visiting one another since they were babies. I have lived in Connecticut for 21 years, but our progeny is more like cousins than friends. For this, I am eternally grateful to CNR. 


Debra Kirouac, SAS '98 



Two favorite memories from a member of the Class of 1962:

  1. Entering my sophomore dorm of Brescia Hall to the lovely piano music of my roommate, Anne Schmid, playing “Ebb Tide.”  I was so fixated on its beauty that my feet were glued to the floor.  What a way to end a hard day of classes!
  2. Enjoying the super college selection of my roommate.  We were happy as roommates for all four years at CNR.  To this day she warmly calls me “Roomie.”

Mary Lou Smith Kanach, SAS'62


Although I have multiple stories to recall, one stands out in my mind as a prime example of the charity and compassion which marked my days at CNR. It was 1954, my freshman year. I arrived on campus as a naive, inexperienced, "just-turned 17- year-old.” Along with 15 or so freshly minted high school graduates, St. Joseph’s became our new home.

I had never gone on a date. Never had a boyfriend. Never had the experiences I thought most other girls had. One day a housemate, who became and yet remains a dear friend, asked if I’d like to go to the Sophomore Cotillion. 

I was delighted! I kept my fears secret and silent. No one knew the truth. I had no idea how to dance. I had not a clue regarding the appropriate styles or choices of gowns nor shoes I might wear. I only knew my mother had purchased a fancy dress that hung in the closet at home just so that I would have a keepsake even if there were no memories to keep.

When I finally confronted the omissions, I had to admit and face, I sat on the back stairs at St. Joe’s and cried my eyes out. That is when every housemate came to my side with offers of help, embraces of consolation, and statements of hope. When they spied my totally inappropriate garb and black suede heels, they told me I looked beautiful. They lied and I never thought it was sinful!

Even now, as I tell the story, my esteem for my classmates grows exponentially. They exhibited for me the essence of what it means to be CNR women- persons who are attentive and connected.  I am grateful to be among them.


Fran Salone-Pelletier, SAS '58


Reflection: Poem by Sr. Anne Therese Dillen, OSU




Dusk has dulled a bright blue sky

As darkness drapes the nearby trees

And shadows overtake the day.


My path seems strewn with inkblots now

As palest pebbles turn to black,

While bushes shaped like burly ghosts

Bend close to make their presence felt.


But look! A light -- its shape a blur,

As mist engulfs its solid form

And decorates the shadow-dance,

Alive with colors now restored.


Rich greenery and lavender,

Undaunted by surrounding darks,

Emerge as pearls, yet flower-like,

To cool and calm my once-dark heart.


                           Anne Therese Dillen, OSU


Book Club Update

Mercy and CNR Combined Logo

The Mercy and CNR Online Alumni Book Club has been running for a year and a half, providing much needed respite during the darkest days of the pandemic. At least 40 people regularly follow the book club offerings, while a smaller contingency participates in the online forum and zoom discussions.

Following The Beauty in Breaking we read The Leavers by Lisa Ko, a modern tale of mothers and sons, immigration, and transnational adoption. We are currently reading Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge in which we are transported to the mid -19th century in Brooklyn, NY and Haiti. Based loosely on the life of Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward one of the first female, black doctors in the US, Libertie is a fascinating read.

Yes, our live zoom discussions have returned and 10 people gathered on November 18 for a lively discussion of Libertie.

Please join us in January to read and discuss Artcurious, which promises to be a surprising journey into the world of art history.


Book Recommendations


Thank you to all the alumni who provide these terrific recommendations, exploring many different genres.

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen… Taking place largely on one day, December 23, 1971, Crossroads is saga of a family facing a pivotal moral crisis. Rife with vivid characters, complexity and humor, this is a book for the cold winter days ahead.

This One and Precious Life by Sarah Wilson… Not an easy read, but a provocative one. Ms. Wilson’s book is a call to action for everyone on the planet. Each chapter ends with tales of hikes the author has taken somewhere in the world. If you care about the environmental crisis, this is a must read.

Secrets Change Everything by alumna Noel Caraccio SAS ’76 and Maggie Branath…everyone has a secret or two, but when those secrets involve family members anything can happen… set in familiar Westchester County, NY and peopled with interesting characters, a special mother/daughter relationship, legal twists and a surprise ending… a fun read.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes…A beautifully written book interweaving present day hidden secrets with the story of a young girl in the Pacific Northwest in the 1880s, whose story is revealed in an embroidered piece of silk… Rich in culture, traditions, family love and history.

Matrix by Lauren Groff… in her first book since Fates and Furies Ms. Groff introduces us to Marie De France, cast out of the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine to become the prioress of an impoverished abbey in England. Straddling the world of the sacred and the profane this is a fascinating novel to love or not.

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine and Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson…a must-read for now … when more people are living in “elderhood”, yet old age is somehow treated as a disease.

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford…anthropologist Weatherford introduces us to the real Genghis Khan, an innovative leader who introduced public education, encouraged religious freedom, abolished torture, and instituted free trade when the Mongol Queens were involved in finances and governance!

Seven Days of June by Tia Williams… Presented in the third person, in this contemporary romance, Ms. Williams does an excellent job in discussing mental health, addiction/substance abuse, generational trauma, invisible disability, motherhood and rekindled love.

Wake – The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts by Dr. Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martinez, Illustrator… in graphic novel format, Dr. Hall, an historian and granddaughter of slaves, uses meticulous research to bring to life the little-known history of slave revolts led by women. If you are a fan of Spiegelman’s Maus, you will want to read and savor this one.

A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark…in steampunk speculative fiction genre, this novel blends history with fantasy, ancient Egyptian culture with folklore and “badass” female lead characters.

The Complete Poems of Paul Lawrence Dunbar… A prolific poet who passed at age 33 in 1906…Dunbar set a precedent for many 20th century poets, including Maya Angelou.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan… science and history come alive in this book about the young women recruited to work in mystery and secrecy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine… a coming-of-age novel of friendship set against the backdrop of the integration of the Little Rock schools in 1958.

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich…based in part on the extraordinary life her grandfather who worked as a nightwatchman and fought for the rights of Native peoples dispossessed from North Dakota, Ms. Erdrich masterfully creates vivid characters imbued with all the human impulses.

Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer… based on the life of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, who organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple… Bee’s MacArthur genius mom disappears in a swirl of plot complications. Part mystery, part comedy, this book is a marvelous joyride


Tech Corner

Taking a Screenshot on your smartphone

If there is something you want to save, such as the screen of your New York Excelsior Pass, take a screenshot.

For Apple iPhones: Simultaneously press Power and Volume Up.

For Android phones: Simultaneously press Power and Volume Down.

Some Samsung Galaxy phones can take a screenshot using a palm swipe. From Settings, search for and select Palm swipe to capture. Then, tap the switch next to "Palm swipe to capture." Now you'll be able to take a screenshot just by swiping the edge of your hand across your phone's screen.

Some other Andriod phones such as Google's Pixel phone and Motorola's Moto phone have the ability to take a screenshot using other hand gestures. Depending on your navigation, you can take a screenshot without buttons. 

  1. Gesture navigation: From the bottom of the screen, swipe up and hold. Choose an open app to screenshot. 
  2. 3-button navigation: Tap Overview. Choose an open app to screenshot. Tap Screenshot 
  3. 2-button navigation (Pixel 3a & earlier): Press the Power button. Tap Screenshot


Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.


And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Update Info

Survey for Classes 2001-2019


Calling all CNR Graduates Classes 2001-2019. In order for us to stay connected with you and learn more about your interests, we ask that you take a moment to complete the following survey to help us better serve you.


Mercy College is Hiring

Mercy College is always looking for talented, driven individuals to join as faculty or supporting staff.  

Click here for all open faculty positions.

Click here for all the open staff positions.


 CNR Legacy Scholarship Update

In 2019, Mercy College established the CNR Legacy Scholarship with the generous support of CNR alumni and friends to help ease the future student debt burden, allowing students to focus on their education.

As of today, nine Mercy students from the Bronx, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County and Orange County have been awarded the CNR Legacy Scholarship. These recipients are majoring in nursing, biology, health science, psychology and one currently undeclared major.

By making a gift to this scholarship, you will help deserving students earn a college degree and provide them with the opportunity to give back and serve their communities.

To learn about The CNR Legacy Scholarship Fund and to make a donation, click below:

  CNR Legacy Scholarship Fund  

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