Joan Fiori Blanchfield, SAS '64

Just two weeks shy of her 80th birthday, Joan fiori Blanchfield walked across the state at the State University of New York at Albany to receive her doctoral degree in History. A sculptor, professor, museum curator, polygot (proficiency in 5 languages), wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer, Joan shows no signs of slowing down and gives new vigor to the term Renaissance woman 

Joan grew up in the idyllic enclave of Sea Cliff on Long Island Sound and recalls how she and her four siblings all helped their parents renovate their 100-year-old house. From her parents she learned how to sew, embroider, refinish furniture, work with tools, solder, lay tiles, etc. These are the skills which Joan still relies on, and which laid a solid foundation for her future art career.

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Sandra Smith Gangle, SAS '64

This past May, on a Road Scholar journey up and down the Adriatic coast, my husband and I met Sandra Smith Gangle, who graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 1964, five years after my CNR graduation. Throughout the trip Sandra told me of how her CNR education had helped her achieve milestone career goals while also preparing her for a rich personal life as a wife, mother, grandmother and community volunteer. 

Like many women of our era Sandra sought a college where she could be "challenged intellectually, enriched spiritually and enjoy companionship" with women who had similar goals. Sandra said the Ursulines were "unique rold models exemplifying wisdom, leadership and professional accomplishment." 

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Denise Sampson, SNR '90

Denise Sampson, SNR '90, never set out to become a published children's author. But she feld the pull to send a message of friendship and acceptance out into the world.
Her first book, "The Great Gray Day," which was published in 2021 by Fulton Books, tells the story of two girls - one Black, one white - who meet because of their shared love of the color gray. They discover that they have a lot in common despite their outward differences, and they become lifelong friends.

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Adele Kenny, GS '82

Poet Adele Kenny, CNR GS '82 published her 1000th poem earlier this year. The poem, "This Light, October 2nd," was published in the latest edition of poetry magazine Exit 13. This milestone highlights Kenny's lifelong love of poetry.

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Kathleen Cravero SAS '76

Throughout her remarkable career Dr. Kathleen Cravero has been a voice for global change. For almost three decades, she helped shape international development and humanitarian policy through her work with the United Nations.

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Mercy College Announces New President

Mercy College announced that the Board of Trustees has elected Susan L. Parish, Ph.D., M.S.W. the 13th president of Mercy College. Currently Dean of the College of Health Professiona and Sentara Professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Parish will join Mercy College as President on July 1, 2023.

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Mercy College Awarded NSA Research Grant to Develop Cybersecurity Technology.

Mercy College has received a two-year $465,398 grant from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, an arm of the National Security Agency. The grant will be used by College faculty and staff to design a reliable method of reducing cybersecurity gaps that lead to data breaches and to develop a training course at Mercy for delivering the technology.  
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February 10, 2023

Mercy and CNR Alumni of Distinction Awards

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February 16, 2023

Black History Month Celebration

Speaker: Dr. Bessie W. Blake, former Dean, School of New Resources for the College of New Rochelle

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March 9, 2023

Women's History Month Celebration & Reception

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