Alumni Alert eNewsletter
April 2014
It's hard to believe in just a few short weeks ACPHS will be honoring the Class of 2014 at the 134th and 2nd commencement ceremonies in Albany and Vermont, respectfully.

The College has announced its commencement speakers. ACPHS President James Gozzo will be the featured speaker at the Albany Campus graduation. This year's commencement exercises will be Dr. Gozzo's last as president as he steps down from that role on June 30, following 16 years as president of the College.

In Vermont, State Commissioner of Health Harry Chen will address members of the graduating class. Dr. Gozzo will also speak at the Vermont Campus ceremony.  

The Albany commencement will take place on Saturday, May 17; the Vermont commencement will be held on Sunday, May 18. 
For more information visit

Congratulations Class of 2014!
Bill Jabour
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
Henry Appiah Ambitious ACPHS has made me...

Last month we introduced you to Class of 2016 student, Henry Appiah. Your generous support has helped provide Henry and other students like him with an exceptional education and college experience. 

You continue to make the difference in the lives of our students and for that we thank you. 

Go to to watch a short video and to learn more about Henry.
Nick Crucetti '07 Nick Crucetti '07 Fundraiser 

Nick Crucetti, ACPHS Class of 2007, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on January 15.  In an effort to help Nick and his family in their battle against cancer you are invited for a fun night out on Friday, May 30 at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy, NY. 

Come out and show your support for Nick and his family. Tickets include food, desserts, music and a donation to Nick. Purchase your tickets online today! Children 12 and under are free. If you cannot attend, but would like make a donation you can do so hereFor more information, please contact Christy Fortin '05.
Career Forum Highlights Opportunities in Health Care
The ACPHS Biomedical Technology Club, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Advancement, held its 2nd annual Health Care Career Forum on April 9. The event is designed to provide bachelor's students with an opportunity to learn about different career paths in health care and research related fields. Panelists included faculty members and alumni ranging from graduate research and medical school students to clinical laboratory scientists and administrators. The College currently has six bachelor's degree programs: Biomedical Technology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health and Human Sciences, Microbiology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
"Reflection Room" Named is Honor of James Anderson
Assistant Professor of Humanities and Communication Jim Anderson recently retired from the College after serving as a faculty member for 18 years. A former teacher of the year who taught courses ranging from Philosophy to Ethics, Jim was also well known for delivering the invocation and benediction each year at Commencement. In recognition of his many contributions to the College, the newly created "Reflection Room" (located in the Panther's Den) was named in his honor. The plaque reads: "Dedicated to James Anderson, M.Div., who for 18 years as a faculty member of the College exemplified the virtues of kindness, compassion, and humility."
John Denio Lisa Murphy 09 and Mike Raley ACPHS Alumna Returns as Speaker in Seminar Series
Lisa Murphy, Ph.D., a 2009 graduate from the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, was back on campus last week to speak at a Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar. As an undergraduate at the College, Dr. Murphy worked in the lab of Professor Arnie Johnson, in addition to working with a faculty member at Albany Medical College. Following her graduation from ACPHS, she attended Vanderbilt University where she received her Ph.D. in pharmacology. Dr. Murphy (pictured above with Provost Denio and Associate Professor Mike Raley) will soon be headed to Harvard University to do her post-doctoral research.
VT Scholarship Dinner Helps Connect Students and Donors
The Scholarship Dinner hosted on March 26 in Burlington by the Office of Institutional Advancement gave Vermont students an opportunity to meet those individuals and families who help fund their scholarships (a similar event is held in the fall for Albany students). In addition to the scholarship recipients and donors, attendees included faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Student Government Association. President Gozzo was also there to personally congratulate the scholarship recipients. Pictured right are: Corey Duteau '97, SGA member Sarah Kidd, SGA member Kathy Weekes-Plante, scholarship recipient Lyndsay Toth, and SGA member Somtochukwu Orakwue.
Banquet Recognizes the Best in ACPHS Athletics

The ACPHS Athletics banquet was held on April 13 before a packed house of student athletes, coaches, alumni, family members, and others from the college community. The annual event honors individual and team achievements from the past season, a year which saw a remarkable 18 student-athletes earning USCAA Academic All-American honors. Among the highlights ... Gavin O'Brien (right) was the recipient of two awards: the Academic Achievement Award for highest GPA among student-athletes and the William Cronin Award for desire, dedication, and teamwork. Ron Ta was this year's winner of the Panther Award for outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to ACPHS Athletics.
Reunion Weekend 2011 - Campus Tour Reunion Weekend & More! 


Reunion Weekend will be here before you know it. Invitations with event details and information were mailed to all alumni in early April. Register online today! 


Visit, email or call 518.694.7393 for more information. 


We look forward to seeing you in June!


Also, the College is partnering with the Friends of Noah Sorensen and Mario Zeolla to host the 7th Annual FONSMZ Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, June 6 at Normanside Country Club. For more information and ways to support visit

April National Estate Planning Month National Estate Planning Month

The Financial Awareness Foundation is forming a strategic relationship in the U.S. to help support and promote improving financial awareness and financial literacy. Together, along with leading nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations, we're celebrating National Financial Literacy Month this April.


A good estate plan will help you anticipate the future and manage the present. Estate planning is usually not a do-it-yourself project. You'll be faced with critical decisions that only a professional estate planner can help you make. For more information on how you can setup your estate, please visit or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 518.694.7393.

In The News

Friends We'll Miss

Paul Lanciault, Class of 1956, October 13, 2013

Mary Kelly Quirk, Class of 1969, November 18, 2013

Joan D. (Fox) Jackson, Class of 1948, April 3, 2014

Ira Howard Rheingold, Class of 1960, April 4, 2014

Dominick Matarrese Jr., Class of 1962, 
April 11, 2014

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Colchester, VT  

June 6-8
Reunion Weekend
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July 14 - August 1
Summer Science Camp
Albany, NY  

Go to the Events Page for more information on these and other events.

Bill Jabour
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
Office of Institutional Advancement