Class of '70-50th Reunion
There are several activities being planned for what should be a great weekend at Assumption for the Class of 1970.
Take the Leap
In the fifty years which have passed since graduation, life has offered us more than a few lessons, one of which for me is the futility of writing these letters. All of us already know that many in our class are excited about our 50th reunion and have already set the date aside, others have never attended a reunion and are unlikely to start now, and some few are open to persuasion. This letter is for the few of you.
Those of us who have attended our reunions know something you don’t… they’re a lot of fun sharing those memories somehow have a way of melting away the years.
Assumption’s alumni organization has always provided a range of activities to keep us as busy and involved as we choose, and if you haven’t visited the campus in a while… let me just say you’re in for a treat. Of course, there are also times for cold brew and good food for the body along with smiles, hugs and great stories for the heart and soul.
Life becomes memorable partially through the extraordinary experiences we choose to have. Visiting with your classmates on the 50th anniversary of our graduation is pretty special – and let me ask you… at the age of 70+ how many more opportunities do you think life plans to offer you?
So if you’re on the fence, I would encourage you to take the leap. Call me if you like, or any member of our committee; we’ll be happy to answer your questions or provide some idea of who’s planning to come and what to expect.
Wishing you well,
The 1970 Reunion Committee
50th Reunion Information
How to Make Your Gift
Little could we have envisioned the many changes which lay ahead when we graduated in 1970. Imagine having access to a computer, the ability to google something rather than making trips to the library and banging out term papers on a typewriter using white-out.
Hopefully, we have all lead an enriched life that has as least in part been impacted by our Assumption experience. The cost of college has risen dramatically beyond the reach of most families. Thanks to generous alumni such as yourself, we can provide to future generations of Greyhounds the same opportunities afforded to us: an Assumption education.
As we gather for our 50th class reunion the weekend of May 29 - 31, 2020 we are working to establish a Class of 1970 Memorial Scholarship Fund. Administered by the University, these funds will directly help current and future students at Assumption.
We have set an ambitious goal of raising $100,000, with 100% class participation from 115 classmates. Our goal aligns with previous 50th Reunion class gifts. We are reaching out asking that you consider making a meaningful gift to the fund, according to your ability. Enclosed is a sheet that describes the purpose of our gift and how to contribute for our 50th Reunion.
All funds received will be counted toward our goal. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact any of us, or our staff liaison Melanie Demarais at 508-767-7332.
Please consider attending the reunion. It will be great to reconnect!
50th Reunion Class Gift Committee,
- Larry Thayer
- Michael Suffredini
- Bill Lenich
- Rick O’Brien
- Brian O’Sullivan
- Micheal Kelly
- Jim Corona
- Larry Thayer
Friday, May 29
Special class events:
- Golden Greyhound Induction dinner on Friday night – May 31st
- Private use of the Lounge on the 6th Floor of the Living Learning Center residence hall all weekend.
Saturday, May 30
- Tour of Worcester Art Museum with Prof. Paul Mahon ’66, tours of campus led by President Cesareo as well as tours of the new Tsotsis Family Academic Center.
- 12noon - Leadership Brunch for all Golden Greyhounds (free 1970), President’s Council members and 1904 Society Members
- Alumni Awards ceremony
- Houndfest – in the plaza area of the Tsotsis Family Academic Center
- o live music, food trucks, kids activities
- o Assigned areas per class under the tent.
- • 9pm Fireworks
Sunday, May 31
- Reunion Breakfast followed by Mass at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.
When will I hear all the details of Reunion Weekend?
You will receive several messages from your classmates, and Alumni Relations, and perhaps a telephone call from your Reunion class volunteer; Registration will open in April. You will receive a Reunion postcard in the mail prior to this date instructing you how to register online.
What is planned for Reunion Weekend?
Once available, you may download a full schedule of events.
How do I let Alumni Relations and my classmates know that I am attending the Reunion?
Once you receive the Registration postcard in the spring, please sign up quickly. Registration will be available online or by printing out the registration form and mailing it to Assumption.
Where do I check-in for Reunion Weekend?
Check-in will be in the Brian ’83 and Paqui Kelly Atrium of the new Tsotsis Family Academic Center. Please make Check-in your first stop. We will provide you with your registration packet, including an updated schedule of events and venues, and residence hall keys (if you are staying on campus). Check-in is open: Friday, May 29 (3:00-9:00 p.m.); Saturday, May 30 (9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.).
Is parking available?
Parking is available free of charge for alumni. No parking is permitted in indicated handicapped or service areas. You must display handicapped parking permits, if applicable.
Are there special services available for attendees with disabilities?
If you or your guest have any special needs (physical and dietary), please notify the Alumni Relations Office at 508-767-7223 prior to your arrival.
Will there be child-care available?
We do not provide childcare services. Children do not typically attend the late evening events or stay on campus but may enjoy the HoundFest beginning at 5 p.m. and an afternoon swim on Saturday.
What should I wear?
Dress for the weekend is casual. During the day/HoundFest many reunioners wear casual weather-appropriate attire. Class dinner and event dress is generally slacks for men and casual chic for women.
What should I bring?
All you really need is…A bathing suit for a dip in the Plourde Recreation Center swimming pool and your phone/camera (please send us photos after to post on the website)
If you are staying on campus in one of the suites, there are refrigerators in the Living Learning Center – if you wish to stock it with some snacks and beverages. (Please note: There are no TVs, coffeemakers, toasters or toaster ovens).
Class of 2015 members need to bring their own bedding. Class of 1960-2010 will be provided with linens and pillows for their rooms in the Living Learning Center.
How do I get the Early Bird Special?
You can save if we receive your Registration Form on or before the May 22, 2020 deadline. Details will be on the Reunion website.
Why should I sign up early?
Besides the cost savings? Details are abundant in planning these types of events. In order for us to continue making the Reunion as cost-efficient as possible, the caterers and building supervisors need final numbers as early as possible. Please help us by getting your reservations in early. Thank you.
What is the refund policy?
No refunds will be made for cancellations received after May 22, 2020.
What is there to do around Worcester?
There are a number of great things to do in Worcester, including golf, museums, theatre, etc. Visit www.centralmass.org for a complete listing.
Is Wi-Fi available on campus?
Wi-Fi is available on campus. Please use the ACGuest network to log onto Wi-Fi while on campus. No password is required.
Will my cell phone work on campus?
The University has T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T towers; other services may be limited.
What is the Reunion Class Gift?
When a class celebrates a reunion, classmates are encouraged to participate in the Reunion Class Gift (The Assumption Fund or a class-specific project). Reunion classes strive for 40-50% class participation - some come in even higher! Current donors are encouraged to consider increasing their annual gift. Alumni who are not annual donors are asked to participate with a gift of any size to increase the participation level. The goal is to present the University with a Reunion Class Gift that reflects the enthusiasm of the class and their affection for Assumption University.
There can be tax advantages to making donations of appreciated securities, and corporate matching gifts count toward your class gift. This can be an easy way to double, or even triple, the impact of your gift.
Every gift - no matter what size - counts toward class participation!
Reunion Overnight Accommodations
On-campus housing capacity is limited and assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Housing has been known to sell out, so register early!
Where do I stay on campus?
Classes of 1960-2010
Housing for these classes is available in the Living Learning Center. The LLC is air-conditioned, suite-style, two bed-room, private-bath accommodation. Four people per suite; linens, blankets, pillows and towels are provided. Please send names of requested roommates with paid reservation. If no request is received, a roommate will be assigned.
Class of 2015
Housing for the 5th Reunion class will be available in West Hall. Four roommates per suite. Please send names of requested roommates with paid reservation. If no request is received, a roommate will be assigned. Please bring your own linens, towels, and pillows. We do NOT provide them in West Hall.
Are there area hotels available?
Limited room blocks and rates have been reserved at the following hotels. Please reference the Assumption University Reunion Weekend for special rates.
Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd.
Worcester, MA 01608
(Special Assumption of $141 a night plus tax. Please call and reference Assumption University)
363 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605
(Reservation Cut-off: April 29, 2020)
Where do I return my on-campus housing keys?
Students will be located in the lobby of the Living Learning Center and West Hall to collect keys starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. You must be checked out of your room and have your keys returned by 11 a.m. If you are leaving Saturday, please return your keys to the reunion check-in desk in the Tsotsis Family Academic Center. If you need to leave before 8:00 a.m. on either day, please drop your keys at Campus Police, located in Kennedy Hall.
*KEYS: It is imperative that all keys are returned. There will be a $100 charge per lost set.*
On Campus Services during Reunion weekend (Subject to change):
Location Friday Saturday Sunday Campus Store 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Plourde Recreation Center 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed (open for pool only during the listed hours) Closed Plourde Pool Closed 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Closed D’Alzon Library 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closed Closed Dunkin’ Donuts 9:00 a.m. – Noon 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – Noon Charlie’s, Hagan Campus Center Closed 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Closed
For additional questions/concerns, please contact:
Office of Alumni Relations
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Information, events, dates and times are subject to change.
Additional phone number: Public Safety – 508-767-7225
Please join us for Mass on Sunday, May 31 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit to remember the following reunion class alumni who are no longer with us:
- 1960: Richard L. Belair, John R. Belanger, Neil F. Brophy, Peter P. Choruzek, Philip Cormier, Robert Couture, William O. Dupuis, Joseph T. Flibbert, George Fredette, Pierre A. Gagnon, Gerard E. Goggins, Thomas F. Harrahy, Robert F. Hayden, Jr., Donald A. Jubinville, Robert J. Labossiere, Joseph N. Lane, Joseph H. Marchesseault, Felix E. Masterson, John F. McNamara, Norman Morais, Joseph A. Poire, Joseph M. Ricard, Joseph H. Schumacher, Jr., James J. Stanley, Robert S. Sullivan, Emile R. Trahan
- 1965: William R. Abraham, James P. Barbato, Fred T. Brierly, Jr., Daniel F. Carney, Jr., Domenic P. Ciancarelli, Gerard J. Gagne, David L. Holman, Christopher M. Kiernan, Roger E. LaStoria, Robert T. Mossey, Robert P. Moynagh, Dwight L. Pierce, Jr., James M. Ryan, William A. Simoncini, Anthony A. St. Germain, Stanley W. Stadnicki, Jr.
- 1970: Jere F. Baldwin, Arthur C. Bromirski, David J. Carignan, Joseph A. Coonan, Ronald E. Cote, Kevin J. Devine, Vincent A. DiBenedetto, Dennis E. Dinneen, James J. Docker, James F. Donahue, James M. Doyle, William G. Drapeau, Jr., Martin J. Gallagher, Jr., Terence N. Gilchrist, Edward W. Goggins, Paul F. Goodney, Francis J. Grimaldi, David Harvey, James J. Kaminski, Edward T. Kraft, Brian V. Lillis, Dennis J. Loomis, John J. Price, Paul E. Richards, Allen F. Rocco, Peter J. Russell, Thomas A. Scerra, Peter D. Shea, Thomas D. Stanton, Joseph F. Sumanski, Nelson Traquina, Richard F. Tremblay, Daniel G. Trudeau
- 1975: Kenneth F. Allard, Robert A. Bahder, Joseph G. Bobbin, Cynthia Hebert Boyd, Gary L. Caouette, Philip R. Delongchamp, Dan D. Doherty, Richard L. Duffy, Charles M. Franco, Thomas J. Geurrandeno, Gerald F. King, Robert J. LaRiviere, Edward T. McGettigan, Jr., Judith A. O'Leary, John P. O'Leary, Vincent G. Palermo, David A. Panarelli, Nancy J. Polakowski, Michael J. Santora, II, Silvia B. Schaeppi, Jane Abdella Talanian, James Whalen, David Wilson
- 1980: Jean-Paul J. Aucoin, Jr., Jeffrey J. Bernardone, Kevin Cahill, Paul A. Di Federico, Paul J. Gibouleau, Mark M. Kelley, Terry J. McCarthy, Colleen Rooney McDermott, Beatrice A. McGann, Jeffrey J. Montolio, Shaun Moore, Timothy D. Reidy, Michael A. Saad, Monique Doyle Spencer
- 1985: Cynthia A. Carano, Cheryl A. Ducharme, Kathleen M. Eagan, John J. Fontaine, Arthur R. Lambert, Gladys J. Leavitt, Cynthia S. Mattus, Janice St. Pierre McCarthy, Margaret M. McCarthy, Irene I. Molinari
- 1990: Sarah King Brant, Robert P. Cielo, Joseph W. Dalton, III, Michael B. Flaherty, Francis X. Mahoney, Jr., Janet P. Meagher, Brian T. Moriarty
- 1995: Mary Jo M. McGuire, Brian P. Sullivan
- 2000: Marisa D. Federico
- 2005: Richard H. Graham Jr.
- 2015: Felix E. Santiago
Several alumni celebrating a reunion this year do not have a current address or contact information on file. If you have contact information for any of the following alumni, please notify the Alumni Office at 508-767-7223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1960: Francis H. Adams, Robert H. Audette, Armand A. Gagnon, Samir Gahlan, James L. Seeley, Peter T. Wu
- 1965: Roger H. Cavanaugh, Frank C. Cottrell, Francis J. Scorza, John H. Webb
- 1970: Rene J. Frechette, Richard M. Gallati, John E. Harlow, Joseph T. Pinho, Thomas R. Wright
- 1975: Pan Ryszaro N. Boulezski
- 1980: Kathy A. Belbin, Paul J. Daley, William E. Donahue, Jr., Jeanne Gaudette Krauss
- 1985: Thaddeus A. Hollis, Joyce M. Pinney, Christine M. Waitkus
- 1990: Elizabeth Burke Devan, John P. Mahoney, Denise Paquette Richards, Puggi J. Vazquez
- 1995: Philip E. Barnes, Andrew J. Bombard, Justin Mendes
- 2005: Brian J. Harnden, Quin R. Rollo
- 2010: Taylor R. Andrews, Dana M. Wellington
Golden Greyhounds are Alumni who have graduated from Assumption University 50 years ago or more. The Class of 1970 will be inducted into this special community of fellow Greyhounds who have a distinguished place in the history of Assumption University.
- Timothy Stanton, vice president
- Melanie Demarais HA'92, executive director
- Linda Burlingame Rosenlund '82, director of alumni engagement
- Emily Murray '00, advancement officer
- Nicki Lazaros, assistant to the vice president
- Christina Nathan, director
- Joanna Toscano, gift processor
- Diana Judge P'04, data entry clerk
- Amy Logue Gontarz '01, G'08, director
The Assumption Fund
- Tim Martin, director
- Michael Guilfoyle, executive director of communications
Office of Communications
- Amy Hague Sacco '98, director
- Timothy Stanton, vice president