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Saint Vincent College honors 40 women as part of 40th anniversary of coeducation celebration

Saint Vincent College honors 40 women as part of 40th anniversary of coeducation celebration

by Public Relations | October 30, 2023

LATROBE, PA—On Thursday, Oct. 26, Saint Vincent College honored 40 women who have made an impact on its community as part of its year-long celebration of 40 years of coeducation enrollment. The full list of honorees, who were selected through a nomination process by the Saint Vincent College community, follows at the bottom of this release.

Thursday’s celebration took the form of a dinner, held at the Fred M. Rogers Center, located on the Saint Vincent College campus. The event included a welcome from Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., C’87, S’91, Saint Vincent College president; remarks from Morgan Paris, C’16, institutional marketing manager and editor-in-chief of 1846: The Magazine of Saint Vincent College; a reading of the list of honorees; and special recognition for posthumous honorees. In addition, the evening included a panel discussion featuring Brother Norman Hipps, O.S.B., P’61, C’66, S’69; Father Earl Henry, O.S.B., P’55, C’60, S’64; and Alice Kaylor, which was moderated by Heather Albright, dean of admission and chair of the SVC Women’s Leadership Team, on the transition to coeducation. Aubrey Cintron, C’20, G’21, director of alumni relations, was the master of ceremonies.

The 40 honorees were selected from a pool of more than 200 nominations by a committee comprised of SVC faculty, staff, alumni and board members. Selections were made based on strong representation of the mission of Saint Vincent College, achievement and leadership in their field and service and impact on the College.

The 40 Women for 40 Years list is part of a larger project spearheaded by Paris and the 1846 staff. The full list, including a bio and photo for each nominee, will appear in the 1846 Women’s Issue, due out later this year. The issue will also highlight the work of current women students and illustrate the history of women at Saint Vincent.

The year-long celebration, planned by the College’s Women’s Leadership Team, was kicked off during Saint Vincent’s annual homecoming weekend on Sept. 17 with a Women’s Brunch. In addition to the dinner and the Women’s Issue of the College’s alumni magazine, the College will be hosting monthly special events for the campus community throughout the academic year.



PHOTO: Honorees who attended the dinner on Thursday pose for a group photo.

Top row, from left: Colleen Ruefle, Sue Hozak, Nicole Karr, Ann Giacobbi, Andrea Redinger, Jennifer Miele, Nancy Rottler, Kimberly Colonna, Julie Selep

Middle row, from left: Mary Regina Boland, Shauna Policicchio, Doreen Blandino, Tiffany Gilbert, Mary Alice Armour, Celine Brunok, Donna Morrison, Molly Robb Shimko, Kim Feigel

Bottom row, from left: Alice Kaylor, May Panebianco, Taylor Guido, Bettie Davis, Susan Mitchell Sommers, Carrie DiRisio, Loretta Scalzitti, Fran Zauhar


The full list of honorees is as follows:

Vera Slezak, H’08, Professor Emeritus of Foreign Language

Dr. Nancy Rottler, Former Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Retention

Ann Giacobbi, C’98

Shauna (Hetrick) Policicchio, C’13

Dr. Theresa Russo, C’87

Elizabeth Hoxie, C’08

Sheila (Smith) McGrane, C’01

Amy Panebianco, C’88, Esq.

Tiffany Gilbert, C’03

Katie Boosel, C’04, Lecturer in Theology

Kristen Zawacki, Former Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Softball Coach, and Associate Athletic Director

Dr. Frances Zauhar, Former English Department Chair

Ivette Mejia, C’11

Andrea Redinger, C’01

Dr. Mary Regina Boland, C’10, Assistant Professor of Data Science in Mathematics

Julie (Claybaugh) Selep, C’92

Nicole (Hinerman) Karr, C’04, G’13, Assistant Athletic Director, Head Women’s Softball Coach

Marianne Anderson, C’87

Molly Robb Shimko, C’90

Jennifer Miele, C’00

Celine Brudnok, C’90, Former Registrar

Colleen Ruefle, C’88

Carrie DiRisio, C’12

Alé Simmons, C’10

Kim (Stevens) Feigel, C’07

Sue Hozak, Deputy Athletic Director and Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

Mary Alice Armour, Former Director of the Wellness Center

Jolene Bogner, C’88

Loretta Scalzitti, C’83

Kimberly Colonna, C’94, Esq.

Dr. Susan Mitchell Sommers, Professor of History

Carolyn Attneave, H’81, Former Visiting Professor of Women

Alice Kaylor, Former Dean of Studies

Dr. Dana (Puglisi) Winters, C’04, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Taylor Guido, C’12

Dr. Doreen Blandino, Professor of Modern and Classical Languages

Amanda Cecconi, C’87

Sister Roberta Campbell, Former Dean of Students

Donna Morrison, Former Director of the Career and Professional Development Center

Dr. Bettie Davis, Retired/Adjunct Lecturer in Chemistry