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Trocaire College to Present 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Henry Mumme, RN, ’01, president of the Trocaire College Alumni Association, has announced that six exceptional alumni will be honored on February 8 through presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1984 to honor and acknowledge those Trocaire alumni who are making a difference in their community and/or profession.

This year’s honorees include: Sr. Mary Ann Schimscheiner, RSM, ’67, Local Leader, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, NyPPAW Communities; Kate M. Callahan, Ph.D., ’72, Executive Director, South Florida Health Information Exchange; Kathy Endres Popielski ’74, Director of Communications, Trocaire College; Mary Ann Long ’80, Director of Patient Care Services, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Tracey Costanzo Maw ’94, Clinical Operations Coordinator, IM Solutions; and Brian J. Becker ’09, Food & Beverage Manager, The Waldorf=Astoria.

This event is dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the first graduating class of Trocaire College and will be held at Ilio Di Paolo’s Restaurant on South Park Avenue in Blasdell. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Lisa Schaffer at 716.827.4340 or [email protected]

2011 Marks First December Commencement Ceremony at Trocaire

Saturday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m. marks the beginning of a new tradition. Trocaire College will host its first-ever December commencemnet ceremony at the UB Center for the Arts. With a growing student population, it was only fair to give the december graduates the attention and praise they deserve with their own december commencement ceremony. Tony Funigiello, Dean of Student Affairs, stated “We have slightly over 150 December Graduates who are very excited about finishing their studies.”

Jody Lomeo, CEO of Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) will be our Commencement Speaker. Mr. Lomeo was instrumental in ECMC’s transition from a county department to a New York State Public Benefit Corporation. He served as Board of Directors Chairman during this transition which led to the remarkable financial turnaround of the ECMC Corporation. Mr. Lomeo most recently served as vice-chair of the ECMC Corporation board and is also vice-chair of Great Lakes Health System of Western New York, the board New York State created to combine ECMC and Kaleida Health.

We are so proud of all of our students and are thrilled to join the joy of our graduates this saturday.

Are you a gradute of Trocaire? Post your Trocaire journey below, we would love to hear from you!

Reflections 2011

Everywhere you looked there were teacups and teapots at the 2011 Trocaire College Reflections Scholarship Dinner. Reflections, an event so special to Trocaire, was themed around Catherine McAuly’s (The Founder of the Sisters of Mercy) wishes to always make people feel relaxed by offering a “Comfortable Cup of Tea.” Trocaire dedicated the dinner to the Sisters of Mercy for all of their support over the years and especially for carrying on the “comfortable cup of tea” to their many visitors and friends.

Every year, the dinner provides us here at Trocaire an opportunity to honor outstanding members of the community whose commitment to education mirrors that of the mission of the Sisters of Trocaire College and the Sisters of Mercy. The 2011 chosen Reflections honorees were: Nancy Dobson, Executive Vice President and partner of Uniland Development; Chris Jacobs, co-founder of The Bison Fund and John Kanutsu, president of JEG Contracting. Linda & Gary Tatu, founders of Harvest House of South Buffalo, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service. President Dr. Hurley, noted, “The 2011 honorees have contributed greatly to Trocaire College and the Western New York community and their commitment to education. The college has been greatly enriched by their presence.”

An event centered around helping students succeed, we felt it was only natural to hear from one of our students, Mark Bryndle. A second year Registered Nursing student, Bryndle spoke to the audience about his search for a career where he could make a difference in the community and have an impact on someone’s life. “(Nursing) is not an easy program, but it is incredibly rewarding,” noted Bryndle. He went on to say, “Making the decision to return to school was an easy choice, but not an easy path. I investigated other programs, but liked what I saw here. I was drawn to Trocaire’s commitment to the community, with an emphasis on personal empowerment.”

Raising over $105,000 for student scholarhsips, honorary Chairs of the event (Cindy and Jay Rich), were pleased to announce the event was a huge success with record attendance. If you would like to know how to get involved with next year’s Reflections event contact the Institutional Advancement Office.

Diary of a Little Hungarian in the ‘Big America’

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an international student? Our guest student blogger, Agota Santha, will take us through a day of her life as an international student at Trocaire College in the United States…

5:00 a.m. The alarm goes off. It takes me a couple of minutes until I realize that it is Thursday. I am in my room in the Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, and today there is a midterm in my World Literature class.

At 6:20 a.m. I am on the bus going downtown, and I think of the day when I got the news about my scholarship and visa being approved. I can still remember the huge curiosity about how it would be studying in the United States of America, in a country, which is called the land of opportunities. I can still remember my Mom’s smiling face and encouraging eyes when I was explaining to her the Hospitality Management field and all I can become by graduating from Trocaire College. I did not even know at that time, what a chance I had just received.

While I am waiting for my transfer bus at 7:00 a.m., different things come to my mind that happened to me since I left my little village six months ago. The first day of school I was literally drinking the professors’ words, trying to understand what A, B, C (back home we use 1-10 for grading) midterm and moddle etc. meant. Students confused look, when I introduced myself coming from Romania, yet being Hungarian, or my funny accent, which sounds Russian to everybody.

Getting close to the Russell J. Salvatore School of Business and Hospitality building, I am looking out the window of the bus and I am still amazed by the sizes of the buildings, the distances, highways with speeding cars, and the advanced technology of this new country. I suddenly feel so small in this big world, which to some point is similar to Transylvania (part of Romania) yet totally different.

In my class at 8:00 a.m., I get to learn new and interesting concepts about an industry I barely knew before. It turns out that my extremely diverse, friendly and helpful American classmates are also professors to me, teaching me how to look at the bright side of things, how to overcome obstacles, and how to just simply enjoy life. Here studying is teamwork and everyday is a challenge to improve myself. On my break, I participate in the Hospitality Club meeting, which fulfills my social needs. Watching these fellow students working on community service projects and social activities, I realize that Trocaire is like a big family and my home away from home.

Once I get done with my classes around 1:30 p.m. I head over to Choate Campus to start working in the Human Resource Office. Here I experience what it is like to work in an educational environment, where employees truly do focus on students. As usually, today I feel proud to be part of this work place where differences are appreciated and everyone works together.

At 4:30 p.m. I get to my volunteer place and start helping with serving dinner for people in need. This is a whole new aspect of my life, a growing intention of making others’ lives better, just as people around me do with mine. While I am cleaning tables at the end of the dinner, one person before leaving looks at me and says: “Smile!” My eyes all of a sudden get water and I give thanks for every message I am supported with.

11:45 p.m. I am lying in my bed, thinking about tomorrow. It makes me excited to know that every day while I am here, I can grow. I just wish there was more than 24 hours a day…

Nursing Anne

Step on to the main campus of Trocaire College and you will understand why we thrive on programs in the medical field. Not only does our college reside beside Mercy Hospital but we also won’t let you get too far before seeing someone in scrubs or even a nursing lab.

To say the nursing labs are a helpful, instructional, hands-on way of learning for our students is an understatement. Nursing students at Trocaire are able to take what they learn in the classroom and transfer that knowledge into skill in the nursing simulation labs. Students at Trocaire are given the opportunity to work with “Vitalsim Nursing Anne Mannequins” from a company called Laerdal. So what exactly are these Nurse Anne Mannequins? They are state-of-the-art mannequins that act as real life patients for the students to practice on. They do just about everything a real patient would do! If the curiosity is just eating away at you, check out

Peg Tighe, Trocaire College R.N. Simulation Coordinator stated, “It is hoped that simulation will increase a students confidence and competence level by providing an experience that is as realistic as possible to the clinical setting. Simulation is a relatively new and exciting tool we hope will be used in all levels of our R.N. and P.N. programs.”

If you or someone you know is interested in any of the nursing programs at Trocaire from L.P.N. to R.N. to B.S.N., please don’t hesitate to call admissions today at 716-827-2545. They can inform you of all of our program options and give you a tour of our labs!

Overcoming All Obstacles

Lori Boller is a straight A student at Trocaire College in the Radiologic Technology program. She is also a wife, a mother of four daughters (who keep her extra busy with music, swimming, girl scouts and school) and a very involved member at her church in Marilla, NY.

Lori began her journey here at Trocaire in the Fall of 2009. Like any other student, she was focused on school and began planning where her clinical sites would be. After being half way through with the program in July 2010, life handed her a whole new set of obstacles to overcome. Lori’s husband was on his way home on his motorcycle and was hit by a truck putting him in very serious critical condition.

Radiologic Technology Program Director, Nancy Augustyn stated, “When I heard of this, I didn’t think she would be able to be back for Fall 2010 because of her having to take care of him as well as her four children and all of their activities. Not only did she come back to us, but she managed to keep her A grades.”

While undergoing many painful surgeries, Lori’s husband was beginning to recuperate at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) ICU. “I met a lot of the Nurses and Radiologic Technologists being there so often with my husband. They were so great and helped him and I so much.” Coincidently, ECMC is where Lori was assigned to spend much of her time in the Fall of 2010 for her clinical site. “When I went back to ECMC for my clinicals in the fall, I was so happy to see all the people who had helped me and my husband.”

As Lori’s husband continues to recover, she plans to graduate this May and reflects on her Trocaire experience. “I feel Trocaire has prepared me well for when I graduate. The more you do, the more you are comfortable with, which is why working at the cinical sites are so important to the program. All my instructors were so great, very approachable and supportive. I felt like I could ask them anything.”

If you think graduation is the end of Lori’s determination, think again! She plans on continuing her education at Trocaire for ultrasound!

Nancy Augustyn stated, “She is so motivated and dedicated. She is a wonderful example of perseverance in all aspects of live.”

Are you motivated to follow through with your dreams like Lori is? Apply to Trocaire College today!

Fall 2010 and a Very Merry Christmas

The Fall 2010 semester at Trocaire College sure has been a blast! When asking our students what their favorite part of the semester was, we had so many wonderful responses. Latisha Curry said, “I had three of the best teachers this semester…they made class so interesting!” Shanna Bell-Goldsmith said, “My favorite part of this semester was my Ethics in Health Care Class, (Professor) Andrea Escobar…you rock!” We felt all fuzzy and warm inside when Jeff Rosenberg said, “All of my new friends.”

As you can tell from our students, Fall 2010 has been a great semester! From new exciting student activities, to our highest enrollment ever, to raising nearly $100,000 for student scholarships and meeting new friends there was so much to enjoy this fall. Do you have a favorite memory from this semester? Take a few minutes to comment on this story to share a Trocaire experience. We would love to hear your story!

In the spirit of Christmas and our college’s roots, we’ll leave you with a prayer from Sister Margy Gorman. God of all gifts, we thank you for the many ways that you have blessed us this day. We are grateful for each person who is gathered around our table. We ask you to bless us and to bless our food. Watch over those we love who are not with us today. We remember your humble birth and pray for those who do not have enough to eat. We think of the stable in Bethlehem and pray for those who have no home. We remember your message of caring and giving, and so we pray for peace in our family and in families around the world on this Christmas Day. Amen.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from your friends at Trocaire College!

Warm Up to New Opportunities At Trocaire College

Are you a high school student, transfer student or an adult interested in a career change or want to become acquainted with a new wonderful college? Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 5 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. because Trocaire College is hosting an open house at not one, but TWO locations in Buffalo and Lancaster.

To learn more about a career in hospitality, dietetic technology, human resource management, or computer networking, plan to attend Trocaire’s open house at the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business at 6681 Transit Road in Lancaster (directly behind Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More restaurant). Faculty and students will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information about admissions and financial aid.

On that same day and time, Trocaire will also host an open house at their main campus – 360 Choate Avenue in Buffalo – featuring information on massage therapy, surgical technology, health information technology, medical assistant and a variety of other health care programs. Visit the newly renovated Radiology instructional laboratory housing state-of-the-art digital equipment and see the hands-on practical nursing and registered nursing labs. Also, come learn more about Trocaire’s newest program – a B.S. degree with a major in Nursing!

Both open house locations will allow prospective students and their families to learn first-hand about Trocaire’s many outstanding programs. Participants can meet faculty and staff, ask questions about the application process or financial aid, take guided tours, and learn about the college’s varied academic majors.

Register online for either the Buffalo or Lancaster open house locations. We hope to see you there!

Making a Difference

Making a difference and helping others is really what life is all about, isn’t it? Sister Margy Gorman and Tina Lanthier-Bedell live their life striving to make a difference and help others everyday.

Sister Margy Gorman is the Director of Misson and Service at Trocaire College. Service learning seeks to integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Sister Margy Gorman feels very strongly that service learning helps empower students to learn what gifts they have to offer the world. “Service learning goes hand in hand with the Trocaire College mission. It helps the students realize they can make a difference in their very own community.”

Students at Trocaire can choose to do service learning along with a course they are taking and will perform 16 hours of service at sites designated by Sister Margy Gorman. Students are placed at service learning sites volunteering with children, schools, food pantries, dining rooms, hospitals, refugee services, senior citizens, nursing homes, shelters and housing. The opportunities are endless!

Tina Lanthier-Bedell, Trocaire student and mother of two, took on a service learning project with not one, but two of her classes at Trocaire; phycology and sociology. Tina wanted to complete all of her 32 hours at a place she holds dear to her heart because of the care her Grandmother received before she passed – Hospice of Buffalo. Tina began to serve at Hospice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday when she did not have class. Tina stated, “I loved volunteering there so much that after my hours were complete, I stayed. The hospice workers were thrilled to have the continued help and I loved making a difference in other people’s lives.” As Tina continues to serve at Hospice, she is not only volunteer but a friend to many. “Some people don’t have family who come and visit them. I’ll read to them, talk with them about the day, get them something to drink, sometimes take them shopping, and just make them feel comfortable.” Tina just can’t say enough about her excellent service learning experience.

If you want to pay it forward, service learning is just the opportunity for you! Contact sister Margy Gorman and visit the service learning web page.

A Time to Be Thankful

At Trocaire College, we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. As families across the country will celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we would like to celebrate and give thanks from the Trocaire College family.

We are especially thankful for the Sisters of Mercy. For 52 years, the sisters have continued to work and support the mission of the college they created. Because of the devoted nature of the Sisters of Mercy, we continue to be successful at helping others in need to receive an education.

Our amazing students are another thing we are truly grateful for. With our highest ever enrollment this year, our students continue to impress us. There is always something going on at Trocaire, and for that we can thank our incredible students!

We have the greatest alumni and friends a college could ask for. When our alumni give their time to volunteer for the school, it is the greatest gift they can give us. We are also very thankful for our friends donations to the college over the year. For example, without their help we wouldn’t have been able to raise nearly $100,000 for student scholarships at this year’s Reflections Dinner.

Our outstanding faculty, staff and administration use every opportunity they meet to make Trocaire a better place. Each and every day of the year, our employees continued devotion to the college make Trocaire a wonderful place to be and help students reach their educational goals. We thank you for all that you do!

As you can see, we have a lot to be thankful for at Trocaire College. As you count your blessings this week, know that we are counting ours and are thankful for you!

Service Learning at Trocaire

Congratulations to our 79 service learning students who served a total of 1,313 service hours in 25 community sites during the 2010 Spring semester!

The participating community partners included sites such as Mercy Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, Food Bank of Western New York, Brothers of Mercy, Meals on Wheels, Sisters Hospital, Boys and Girls Club, and more.

Congratulations, 2010 Graduates!

On May 15, 2010 at UB Center for the Arts, 272 Trocaire students received their associate degrees and certificates from College President Dr. Paul B. Hurley Jr.

Mrs. Brenda McDuffie, President & CEO of the Buffalo Urban League, Inc., delivered the commencement address. McDuffie praised the graduates for overcoming challenges, and stated that “The education accomplishment you are being recognized for today is a major factor that will determine your future, our future, and the future of generations to come.”

Trocaire Joins With Lancaster High School For a Collaborative Hospitality Program

We have joined with the Lancaster Central School District in a collaborative agreement between our Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business and the new Academy of Hospitality of Tourism at Lancaster High School.

Beginning in the 2010 Fall semester, Lancaster High School Juniors enrolled in the Hospitality Academy will take college courses in Hospitality at Trocaire on Transit in Lancaster. These same students will return to Trocaire for additional courses during their senior year. The students will study college-level courses in Introduction to Hospitality Management, Hospitality Information Systems and Hotel Operations.

Dietetic Technology: Career Opportunities

Interested in Dietetic Technology but not sure what you can do with the degree?

Dietetic Technicians are skilled to work in a variety of settings. With an A.A.S. in Dietetic Technology, you can work in health care settings, schools and other institutions, community health programs, food companies and the food industry, and more.

Another Reason to Celebrate at Trocaire

Trocaire RT students celebrate a victory at the annual Radiologic Technology Student “Techni-Bowl” on Tuesday, May 16, 2010.

The “Techni-Bowl” is an academic competition among students from regional Radiologic Technology Programs. This year, student representatives came from Bradford Regional Medical Center, WCA Hospital in Jamestown, Niagara County Community College, and Trocaire.

Choose Your Path: Dietetic Technology (A.A.S.)

Beginning with the Fall 2010 semester, Trocaire will be offering an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Dietetic Technology. Dietetic Technicians can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, community health programs, and the food industry.

Attention Trocaire Graduates!

Trocaire Alumni Association has made a facebook group! This is a great way for you to keep in touch with old classmates, tell us how you’re doing, as well as a way for the Alumni Association to update you on news and events.

All Trocaire alumni are invited to join the group, post photos, and reminisce on your days at Trocaire!