Terrier Volume 79, Number 1 - Fall 2015 - Page 17

Street Renamed for Bishop Ignatius Catanello ’62 The city honored the late Bishop Ignatius Catanello ’62 this summer by naming a portion of a street after him. Seventyfourth Avenue, between 175th Street and Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows, was renamed Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello Way. The street is in front of Holy Family Church where he was bishop emeritus. ● Henry E. Riehl ’64 is proud to report that his son, Matt, now has his own law practice in Wyoming. Joseph E. Scalia ’64 is a writer and painter. You can see his watercolors at josephescalia.com , where you can also buy his books. Thomas M. Laquercia, Esq. ’66 is the proud grandfather of Philip Antonio Laquercia, born October 2014 to Justin and Maria Anjelica on Justin’s 35th birthday. William “Billy” O’Connell ’66 was elected to the Huntington Beach City Council (California) in his third attempt running for the office. He is the founder and director of Colette’s Children’s Home, which provides homeless single women and homeless mothers and their children a safe home where they can obtain the support and services they need to get back on their feet. John P. Russell ’67 is extremely grateful for the excellent education he received at St. Francis College. He considers Dr. Arthur Hughes, James Flynn and Frank Altimari to be the best teachers he had in his life, and looks at Mr. Joseph Castronovo as an administrator who ‘got it right with Humanity.’ James M. Theisen ’67 worked in development for over 35 years, and praises SFC on its efforts. Thomas J. Killeen ’69 recently received the Community Champion, Friend and Advocate Award at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s “Laugh ’til It Stops Hurting” event held this past April at Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, NY. Paul A. Murphy ’69 was sorry to hear of Dr. Arthur Hughes’ passing and wishes he could have attended the 2014 History and Political Science Reunion and seen him there. (For more on Dr. Arthur Hughes, visit sfc.edu/page.cfm?p=456 &newsid=452 . ) 1970s Alan H. Hoffman ’70 became a grandfather again as his daughter, Frances, gave birth to her third child, Michael. His older daughter, Sharon, is now expecting her first child. James P. Lawler ’71 is a professor of information technology at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and received the 2014 Community Partner Award of AHRC NYC, an agency that helps those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Michael P. Magnavita ’71 still fondly remembers his years at St. Francis and sends greetings to all current students as well as alumni and his 1971 classmates. James C. Malone ’73 is the new chief financial officer of XIFIN, a financial cloud computing company dedicated to optimizing the economics of healthcare. Tom Raleigh ’73 was honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School, Manhasset, NY. Raleigh also played basketball at St. Francis for three years before joining the Nassau County Police Department. John A. Rowinski ’73 was recently inducted into the St. James/Bishop Loughlin Brother Aurelius James McManus Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on the basketball court. John Tantillo, Ph.D. ’73 is now the Branding Editor of Fridge Magazine, a publication directed at small business owners and entrepreneurs. Tantillo is the author of People Buy Brands Not Companies, and the Udemy on-line course: Go Brand Yourself with Dr. John Tantillo — The secrets of branding for personal and professional success! He is the former radio talk show host of BrandTalk, a contributor to the Fox News Opinion Page, and a go-to expert for BBC on a range of marketing issues. He frequently appears in the national media on programs such as Cavuto, Fox & Friends, MSNBC’s Weekends with Alex Witt, ABC News Live and Fox News Live. Vincent A. Gardino ’75 has been promoted to Vice President/ Chief Revenue Officer of Straus News in New York City. Straus News publishes 17 local weekly newspapers and associated websites in NYC, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Barbara G. Koster ’76 was recently recognized by STEMconnector ®, a consortium of companies and organizations concerned with science, technology, engineering and math education and careers, as one of its 10 0 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM. Koster is senior vice president and chief information officer at Prudential Financial. Alexander M. McComber ’76 was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Science, by Queen’s University in Canada during the school’s June Convocation. McComber also gave an address to the graduating seniors. The degree was given in recognition of McComber’s tireless efforts for the past 35 years to enhance the well-being of Aboriginal people and communities throughout Canada. Ellen M. Leonardi Miseo, APN, ’76 has joined the editorial advisory board of Spectroscopy magazine. She has practiced vibrational spectroscopy throughout her career, and has developed new instrumentation, commercialized new techniques, and anticipated new trends in the industry. Robert Huzinec ’77 received the confectionery industry’s highest honor when he was inducted into the National Confectionery Sales Association Candy Hall of Fame. He lives in Hummelstown, PA with his family and works for The Hershey Company in their Global Product Development Department in the Sweets and Refreshment Group. “The Hershey Company still believes in what Mr. Hershey started and continues his vision of giving back to this day. I consider myself very blessed to work for a company and an industry where I am able to go beyond my job to promote our industry in positive ways and bring goodness to the world every day,” said Huzinec. Steven Virgadamo ’77 was appointed Associate Superintendent for Leadership Formation for the Archdiocese of New York. He oversees all archdiocesan efforts related to identifying, recruiting, developing and retaining administrators and teachers and also supports prospective, new and veteran principals. Mr. Virgadamo has served in Catholic education and the Catholic Church for more than 30 years. “After working to enhance and transform Catholic education in more than 10 0 dioceses and thousands of Catholic schools, I am pleased to return to my roots in NYC and take on this role with the Archdiocese of New York.” Mr. Brian J. Smith ’78 was recently honored with the 2015 Irish Echo Law and Order Award in a ceremony that took place this past January at the Manhattan Club in NYC. 1980s Irma Garcia ’80 was awarded the 2015 Administrator of the Year Award for NCAA Division I FCS by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). Mary E. Callahan ’80 is serving her second term as president of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Foundation (Florida), a 1,5 0 0 member, non-profit organization. Kevin J. Hinchy ’80 was named Branch Manager at the Community Resource Federal Credit Union branch in Latham, NY. Gaetano Messina ’80 was recently honored at the 2015 NYC Soccer Gala held at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. The event honors those involved in the past and present of New York City soccer, and those who have contributed to its success. John Sheehan ’80 was recently inducted into the St. James /Bishop Loughlin Brother Aurelius James McManus Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on the basketball court. Mark J. Long ’82 is now portfolio manager of Sterling National Bank, and provides financing solutions to clients in the metropolitan New York and Mid-Atlantic regions. James E. Leonard ’83 has been appointed Chief of Department, the highest ranking uniformed position in the FDNY. Chief Leonard will oversee the Department’s 15,0 0 0 uniformed firefighters and EMS personnel and four major agency bureaus: Fire Operations, EMS Operations, Training, and Fire Prevention. Walton D. Pearson ’83 is a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Brown Capital Management, and is a member of the Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland Balt imore County. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Baltimore Community Foundation. Glenn ’84 and Theresa ’88 Huzinec are proud to report that their daughter, Monica, will begin Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College this September on a full-tuition academic scholarship, while their daughter, Colleen, has received a scholarship to Notre Dame Academy. ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER | FALL 2015 | 15