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Trocaire College awarded Military Friendly Schools title by Victory Media

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Trocaire College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

IMG_0120“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly schools shows Trocaire College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for our veteran population,” said Brad Baumgardner, Trocaire College Veterans Coordinator. “I am proud to be part of a great college community of student veterans and their families as we continue to find new and better ways to help them succeed.” Trocaire College instituted an Office of Veterans Affairs in June 2011 to meet the needs of the growing veteran student population.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2014 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs. Trocaire’s main campus is located at 360 Choate Avenue in Buffalo and the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business location is on Transit Road in Williamsville.

Creative Public-Private Partnership Established

Trocaire College and its partners, the Lackawanna City School District, Erie I BOCES, and the Catholic Health System are pleased to announce that they have been selected to participate in the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH) program. This collaborative effort will be led by the Lackawanna City School District.

Choate_2013_0849Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas. The Trocaire/Lackawanna/BOCES/Catholic Health Consortium was the only project selected to participate in the P-TECH program in the Western New York region.

“We are thrilled to have been selected, with our partners, to advance a very important educational initiative in the State of New York,” said Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D., Trocaire College president. “Trocaire is honored to represent the Western New York region in this public-private collaborative effort.”

This project will focus on providing students with workplace skills for a highly-skilled, high-demand career in the health sciences field. Students selected for this program will be able to obtain an Associate’s degree in a health-related program of study at Trocaire College without having to pay tuition – giving students a chance to focus on their education and future goals without the burden of student loans. Upon completion of their degree, students will be provided a first-in-line opportunity to work in the Catholic Health System in jobs matched to their degree specialty.

“We at the Lackawanna City School District are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students for September 2014,” noted Anne Spadone, Superintendent for the Lackawanna City School District. “We will be spending this school year working collaboratively with Trocaire College and Erie I BOCES to create a P-TECH health careers academy.

Students in this program will be introduced to career pathways in their freshman year in high school and will participate in a curriculum that will be integrated with work-based learning activities such as job shadowing, mentorship, work site field trips and internships. Students may participate in college career pathways in Health Information Technology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Surgical Technology and Radiologic Technology.

P-TECH, a public-private initiative, was created to prepare thousands of New York students for high-skills jobs of the future in technology, manufacturing, healthcare and finance. The model incorporates a six-year program that combines high school, college and career training and will be targeted to at-risk, disadvantaged students.

College Announces New Academic Structure

rsing, Division of Health Professions, and the Division of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies.

Trocaire has provided students an exceptional learning environment for the last 55 years. This new academic structure and accompanying new dean positions has been put into effect in an effort to promote excellence in academic programs and stronger collaborations across all disciplines.

“This new academic model that we are announcing today was the result of several months of work by members of the academic administration and the faculty senate,” noted Deeb. “The continued growth of our academic programs and on-going changes in the higher education environment necessitated a review of the academic structure. I am happy to be announcing a change that is being embraced by all campus constituents.”

Carol_FannuttiThese divisions will be led by three new deans who collectively have 53 years of Trocaire experience. Dr. Carol Fanutti has accepted the role of Dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing which includes three levels of nursing – Bachelor of Science (RN-to-BS), Associate degree and Practical Nursing certificate. “I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to be a part of Trocaire’s future direction,” said Fanutti. “My goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of our students.”

Linda-KerwinDean Linda Kerwin, Ed.D. will oversee the Division of Health Professions which includes Medical Imaging (programs in radiologic technology, sonography and echocardiography), Wellness (programs in massage therapy and nutrition and dietetics) and the medical assisting and surgical technology programs. Noted Kerwin, “I am both honored and inspired by my recent appointment as Dean of Health Professions at Trocaire. It is essential for the College to continue to empower its students by creating and maintaining a pathway lined with integrity, knowledge, critical thinking and compassion – critical characteristics for students entering the workforce.”

Ryan_Hartnett“I deeply appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given,” said Dr. Ryan Hartnett, Dean for the Division of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies. “There are so many wonderful things happening at Trocaire and I am delighted to be a part of it.” The Division of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies includes the liberal arts and sciences, Informatics (programs in computer network administration, healthcare informatics and health information technology) and the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business (programs in hospitality management and human resource management).

In their new role as dean, these three individuals will focus on issues including academic integrity, program curricula, accreditation, faculty development and new program development. Considerable thought and consultation have gone into ensuring that Trocaire College has an academic structure that will move the college forward and support the teaching/learning environment and services our students require.

Dr. Richard Linn, who has recently been named vice president for academic affairs and planning, will have oversight responsibility for all three academic divisions. In addition, Linn will coordinate college-wide planning initiatives and will oversee assessment and institutional research activities.

Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs. Trocaire’s main campus is located at 360 Choate Avenue in Buffalo and the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business location is on Transit Road in Williamsville.

Trocaire College Announces Administrative Promotions

Trocaire College announced the promotion of three individuals – Richard Linn, Ph.D. to vice president for academic affairs and planning, Michael LaFever, Ed.D. to chief administrative officer for administration and auxiliary services, and Jack Hudack to chief financial officer.

“As we continue to re-frame the structure and direction of Trocaire College, I am thrilled that Dr. Linn, Dr. LaFever and Mr. Hudack have agreed to be part of the leadership team,” noted Trocaire President Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D. “Each of these individuals has dedicated a number of professional years to serving Trocaire students and the College community, and I am glad they have accepted these new assignments. Along with some additional organizational changes, our goal is to develop a team that will be focused on managing the excellent reputation Trocaire has in Western New York, and further define our strategic place in the higher education landscape of this region.”

Dr. Richard Linnf this region.”

Linn has been serving as the College’s dean of planning, assessment and research and was named interim vice president for academic affairs in January 2013. In his new position as vice president for academic affairs and planning, Linn will continue to oversee all functions of planning, assessment and research, as well as new responsibilities for all academic programs, workforce development, academic success services and instructional technology. Linn received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Michael LaFever

LaFever previously held the title of dean of program development and enrollment management. As chief administrative officer for administration and auxiliary services, he will have responsibility for college facilities, human resources, library services, college support services, information technology, and administrative information services. LaFever earned his Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University at Buffalo.

Jack Hudack

Hudack, who has been a Trocaire College employee since 1975, was promoted to chief financial officer. Previously he held the title of director of student accounts. In his new role, Hudack will oversee the College’s student billing, accounting and budgeting functions. Hudack received his bachelor’s in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs. Trocaire’s main campus in Buffalo is the hub for healthcare majors while the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business location on Transit Road in Williamsville offers courses in hospitality management, nutrition and dietetics, human resource management, computer networking and healthcare informatics.

Dietetic Technology is Now Nutrition and Dietetics

The Dietetic Technology Program at Trocaire College will change its name effective immediately to the Nutrition and Dietetics Program.

JAquino_DIET_1029The process was initiated by Program Director Kathy Border and Faculty Member Niki Klem with a resolution presented to Academic Council in late fall. The official announcement of the name change was made on Monday June 3, 2013 by Dr. Richard Linn, interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Linn also stated the title change was approved and registered with the New York State Department of Education.

“The Nutrition and Dietetics program first began accepting students in the fall of 2010 and we have found that students and graduates want to use their degree to build careers beyond the traditional role of Dietetic Technician”, says Program Director Kathy Border. “By adding nutrition to the title, we communicate our capacity for translating nutrition science into healthier lifestyles for everyone. Keeping dietetics supports our history as a food and science-based profession. The new title quickly and accurately communicates our identity—who we are and what we do, which is key for program promotion to prospective students and the general public” Border said.

The program’s mission and focus will not change and the program maintains its candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates of the program are eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians.

More information about the Nutrition and Dietetics Program is found on Trocaire’s website or by calling Kathy Border at 716.827.2519.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student Capstone Course

This semester, students in the Trocaire College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are conducting a community teaching project at Lorraine Academy. On February 12, 2013 the students collaborated with the Catholic Health System providing Lorraine Academy faculty and staff a mini health fair and a healthy lunch.

The Trocaire BSN students will be at Lorraine Academy four additional days during this spring semester. Throughout the course of the semester, they will conduct a poster presentation on various health topics, distribute health information and take blood pressure readings for participants. This assignment is in the clinical capstone course (NU 486) which allows students to experience the role of nurses in community health education.

Serving Trocaire: Serving Our Country

Brad Baumgardner, a Western New York native, started college at Onondaga Community College in East Syracuse, NY but his journey wasn’t that of the average college student. At 19- years-old, he heard his calling and enlisted in the United States Air Force. In November of 2000, he left home and started his military career. Last month marks his twelve year anniversary with the Air Force.

“I went into the service before September 11, 2001. Within a year of my enlistment, the twin towers fell and our unit was on our way to the Middle East.” While Brad was in active duty, he honorably completed five deployments taking him to seven countries in the Middle East, ten countries in Europe, ten countries in Africa and also to Columbia in South America. All of the deployments he completed were in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). When speaking of his deployments and his time on active duty, Brad has a humble opinion of his role. “There is never any level of vanity in my life. I don’t live my life like that. I feel blessed to be able to open my eyes, experience things I have seen and accomplished, and in the end come home safely.”

Late in 2004 his time serving our country came to an end, or so he thought. “When I got off of active duty, I thought I was done. I never thought I was going to go back, but after six months of being out, I really missed it. I was in charge of a 300 million dollar aircraft and when I came back home, not being in charge of something so significant really started to weigh on me.” While Brad began his studies at the University at Buffalo in the spring of 2005, he soon found himself returning to the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and the rest of his twelve years are history.

An enlisted aviator, a Computer Radar Specialist aboard the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), and a C-130 Loadmaster were just some of Brad’s credentials upon starting at Trocaire College in June of 2011 as the college’s Veteran Services Coordinator. As the first person to be employed in this role at Trocaire, Brad has made the position into what it is today. He is currently responsible for helping students obtain all the financial help and resources they need to succeed. “Trocaire was the first college in Western New York to offer a tuition free discount for OEF and OIF veterans,” stated Brad.

Although the number of students varies each semester, he serves approximately 100 student veterans and their families. “I essentially have a role in every office here at the college. I have a small group of students, about 7% of the total enrolled, and I need to know about each student as they begin the next phase in their lives. I am here to help them along every step of the way from admissions, to academic advisement to benefits, all the way through to graduation. Over the course of a semester I get to know each student really well. It helps being at a smaller college ensuring they are having the best experience possible both inside the classroom and out. It’s easy to just be a number or get lost in a larger institution; whereas at Trocaire, I get a chance to understand the challenges each of our students face as they transition from being in the military culture to an academic one,” stated Brad. “This added benefit allows this office to enhance the services provided to every student that enrolls at Trocaire.”

In Brad, we know we are blessed with a dedicated, motivated, and positive employee at Trocaire College. If you see Brad’s smiling face, consider thanking him for what he has graciously helped continue to give all of us – our freedom.

Giving Thanks in 2012

Last year during the holiday season, we started a new tradition telling all of our blog readers what we’re thankful for. This holiday season is no different than the last- we have so much to be thankful for! As families across the country celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we would like to take this time to celebrate and give thanks.

We are especially thankful for our leaders here at Trocaire – particularly the Sisters of Mercy and our new President, Dr. Bassam M. Deeb. For over 50 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 the students we service. President Dr. Bassam M. Deeb has already provided Trocaire a level of leadership and service like no other. We are so thankful he has become our new president, helping us reach new heights and be the best Trocaire we can be.

Our amazing students are another thing we are truly grateful for. Our students continue to impress us with their academic achievements and their drive to continue on no matter what the circumstances. We are so blessed to have such an amazing student base. Thank you students!

Our Alumni, friends and donors are a group which are very worth of thanks and praise. The support this group of people provides our students is heartwarming. From the volunteering of time, to the overwhelming support, to the donations given, we can’t thank you enough. Thank you, thank you thank you!

We would also like to take a moment to thank our partners in our first-ever international program. If you haven’t heard the news, Trocaire just recently an agreement was signed with MODUL University in Vienna, Austria. This agreement will give our Hospitality Management students the opportunity to study for one semester as a visiting student at MODUL. To read more about this endevaor, visit . We are very grateful to MODUL for offering our students this opportunity and we thank you!

Last but not least, we must thank our exceptional faculty and staff. Each and every day of the year, our employees demonstrate their continued devotion to the mission of our college. Without the help of faculty and staff helping students reach their educational goals, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Trocaire College is wonderful place to be because of you. 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 so very thankful for you!

What are you thankful for?

Trocaire Launches First International Program

BUFFALO, N.Y. – An Agreement of Cooperation between Trocaire College, Buffalo, New York and MODUL University, Vienna, Austria, was recently signed by Dr. Bassam M. Deeb, President of Trocaire College, Brandon Supernault, Director of Hospitality Management at Trocaire College and Karl Wöber, President of MODUL University.

As the college’s first international program, this partnership allows Hospitality Management students from Trocaire College to study for one semester (six months) as a visiting student at MODUL University. While at MODUL, hospitality students will be studying at the top ranked hospitality school in Austria. In addition, students will be part of an international student body of more than 250 students from more than fifty countries around the world. Trocaire College is only one of six institutions of Higher Education in the United States, and the only two-year hospitality program in the world, to partner with MODUL University.

“This wonderful study/work abroad program is truly one of the best international programs around and helps to enhance Trocaire’s program in continuing to be one of the finest Hospitality Management programs in Western New York,” noted hospitality program director Supernault. “This partnership allows students to work and study abroad, while enjoying the cultural elements of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I am truly proud of the hard work and commitment both institutions have made over the past year and a half to make this possible for our students.”

This agreement will include faculty and research collaboration as well as a study abroad option that gives Trocaire College hospitality students the opportunity to take courses in Market Research & Consumer Behavior, Advertising & Marketing Communication, Business and Tourism Law, Revenue Management, and Latest Trends and Innovations.

In addition to their studies, Trocaire College students have the opportunity to complete their program internship hours at the Steigenberger Herrenhof Wien. This prestigious, 5 star hotel was recently rated one of the top 20 hotels in Europe by Upon completion of their semester at MODUL University, students will transfer back thirteen credits towards their Associate in Applied Science degree or Certificate in Hospitality Management at Trocaire College.

For more information contact hospitality program director Brandon Supernault at 716.827.4304 or email [email protected]

American Legion Scholarship Winner, Jennifer Strahan

Nursing student and soon-to-be graduate, Jennifer A Strahan was recently presented with an American Legion scholarship. Out of 65 competing applicants, Strahan was selected and was the only student who was awarded the $1500 scholarship.

Prior to attending Trocaire, Strahan served in the US Coast Guard. She currently has a 3.4 GPA at Trocaire, is the Veteran Club president, is married with a 2 year old girl with another child on the way! In the midst of all of the exciting things going on in her life, she manages to work at Trocaire Open Houses and be a work study student at Trocaire.

She will be graduating this December, and all of her hard work is about to pay off. Strahan has not just one, but two job offers in Erie, PA. Congratulations Jennifer, you have earned it- all of it!