The CNR Alumni Newsletter is published to keep the alumni community informed of the latest news and events. 
CNR Alumni at Mercy College
Fall 2020  

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the CNR Alumni Newsletter!

Celebrating Thanksgiving 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic at a time when so many have lost so much, we are reminded that we still have very much to be thankful for. From my perspective, as CNR alumni, we have the legacy of The College of New Rochelle, the legacy of the Ursuline Sisters, and our connections to each other.  Many, many reasons to give thanks. 

I’m guessing that a number of you will relate when I say that in the years after graduation when I was so focused on responsibilities of family, career and life in general, I felt somewhat distant from the College. While I attended Reunions and maintained relationships with my closest friends, I didn’t feel a strong connection to the institution. But when the College faced a dire financial situation and made significant administration changes, suddenly we saw alumni rally to the cause to save our CNR. Although we could not save the College, the paradox is that I now feel much closer to the spirit of CNR than I did for many years.

What I have also come to appreciate in the past year is that unlike graduates of many educational institutions that no longer exist, we, as CNR alumni, through the auspices of Mercy College, are fortunate to have a “home”. A “home” where we can celebrate us.

This Alumni Newsletter is for you and about you. We hope you enjoy this first issue. With your assistance, there will be many more. We want to hear from you. Because…WeAreCNR,


Annalinda Pandolfi Ragazzo ’74, CNR Alumni Communications Committee

and committee members:

Marianne Bachand Geiger ’55

Mary Ann Geraci Marriott ’59

Christine Morrison ’72

Patricia Keegan ’73

Rosa Puleo Napoleone ‘75

Alumni Spotlight: New York Urban League Selects Shalima McCants CNR '01
Shalima L. McCants has joined the New York Urban League (NYUL) as its newly appointed Chief Program Officer as of September 14, 2020. Ms. McCants joins the senior leadership team after serving as Assistant Department Director for the Children and Youth Department at BronxWorks, and Immediate Past President of the New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP).  

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Creating a Digital Archive of Personal Reflections

In the first two months of the project, 5,030 alumni have updated their contact information and 3,923 of you have recorded your story!  You are creating a digital archive that will be a treasure trove for years to come. We are looking forward to many hours of reading through the unique and inspiring tales of your experiences as CNR students! Don’t be concerned if you have not heard about the project yet.  Post cards and emails are being sent in waves every two weeks to pace the process which continues until March 2021. A big Thank You to each and every one of you who is participating. You are creating a permanent oral history of The College of New Rochelle.

CNR and Mercy are running parallel projects. For more details go to Oral History Project or call 888-920-1772. For a sneak peek at some moving stories click here.

Alumni College 2021
What's Happening with Reunion?!

We’re planning to celebrate two groups of reunioners this spring –

Everyone in the 0s and 5s, as well as everyone in the 1s and 6s!


The pandemic brought us to a screeching halt last March, but we’ve found new ways to connect and celebrate the milestones that mean so much to us. We are hoping that the New Year will bring positive developments on all fronts, but considering the uncertainty of the times, we think it’s wise to plan for a virtual Alumni College.


Maintaining our connections is an important priority, so we’re exploring the best ways to be together. We welcome all your thoughts and any specific ideas or special requests you may have.  We’ll be contacting the Class Committees in January to prepare information to send to all classmates in February, so stay tuned and watch for communications as 2021 unfolds.  


Marlene Melone Tutera ’71

Nancy Harkins ‘75

Tara Alfano ‘02

Mav Market
"While we can't be together, we can still come together"

Greetings fellow proud CNR alums,


During this time of year, we especially thank God for the numerous blessings that have been bestowed upon us. At the same time that we express our gratitude, we should stay mindful that many college students face extreme hardships as they struggle to continue their education. 


Food insecurity is a real problem. The Mav Market at Mercy College offers Mercy students, who include our former CNR students, access to a welcoming and confidential site to obtain aid. Because of Covid 19 limitations, students in need can now make individual appointments for pick-up or receive gift cards to purchase food, toiletries, and menstrual hygiene products.


We CNR graduates were instilled with the concept of Serviam. In that spirit, I appeal to you to continue our legacy of service with support for the essential Mav Market. It is so easy to do.

Click here to complete the donation form.


I and the CNR Legacy Council thank you for your generosity.  We are truly blessed.

Pat Ahearn Mastellon SAS ‘65

Become a Red Cross Volunteer Today!


Be ready to help your local community! Due to predictions for an active hurricane season and the complexities of COVID-19, the Red Cross will need thousands of volunteers to care for people when disasters strike. Train now to be a Ready Red Cross Volunteer so you can answer the call when your community needs it most. 

Click here to apply today.


The Mentoring/Career Development Committee’s goal is to provide both alumni and students with information sharing and networking opportunities for professional and personal development. 

  • A series of Zoom sessions organized by profession will allow participants to engage in discussions of trending topics, including issues arising from the current pandemic, with others who have similar interests. 
  • Other Zoom sessions, e-mail communications, or website postings might focus on opportunities such as employment information, internships, and job shadowing.
  • If you’re a small business owner, send us details to include in a new a listing of alumni- owned businesses. We want to support your success!

We’re interested in all suggestions that are easy to implement and might benefit you and other alumni. This effort depends on your input!

Rosa Puleo Napoleone ‘75

The Mercy College and College of New Rochelle Alumni Online Book Club 

In this online community, alumni, faculty and staff can connect with each other and enjoy books related to lifelong learning, social issues, literature, psychology and other user-submitted ideas. There is no cost to participate - you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. You can sign up here.

In response to feedback from the readers, we have added a new twist with a live Zoom chat.  Annalinda Pandolfi Ragazzo ’74 and Nancy Harkins ’75 did a marvelous job leading the discussion and, by popular demand, one live Zoom chat will be scheduled to discuss each book selection.

We are currently reading Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. 

A Woman of No Importance

Maverick Magazine is a great read. Check out the CNR articles! Enjoy the latest issue by clicking here

Send us Your News - We'll Spread the Word

We are eager to hear what you are doing! Send us your professional class notes with news of new jobs, promotions, reflections on your industry, volunteer work, etc. Please limit class notes of a personal nature to milestones such as marriages or births. To protect your privacy, we will not be collecting more anecdotal information until we are able to create a password protected section of the web site.  

Alumni Quote - Eileen Mylod Hayden '59

“I’m looking forward to the return of precedented time”,  – a sentiment that so many of us share!

May you have a wonderful Holiday Season, safely celebrating with family and friends however we can.  We’re smart, we’re creative and we’re compassionate – WeAreCNR.

Call a classmate!

Mercy Awarded $3.2 Million Grant to Support Nursing Students With Financial Need
Mercy College was recently awarded a prestigious $3.2 million grant to support nursing students with financial need over the next five years through a Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. After a competitive selection process, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) -- which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- awarded the grant to 86 colleges and universities nationwide, only three of which are in New York State. 

Leading in a Crisis: Perspective from a College President

According to University Business, "Tim Hall has helped transform New York's Mercy College and kept it strong through the pandemic." The article continues: "Tim Hall arrived at New York's Mercy College in 2014, a Southerner ready to take on new challenges in a vastly different place from his previous home at Austin Peay University in Tennessee. 


Click here to read more Mercy College Newsroom stories. 

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