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Above: Award recipients, standing from left, are Capt. Michael
R. Calcagni ’04, Raymond L. McGowan ’64, Col. Frederick F.
Mullen ’59, James H. Reilly, III, Esq. 69, and Rev. Robert L.
Marciano ’79. Seated with Father Shanley are Robert Dugan ’64
and Nancy Cavallero McNamara ’84.
Below: John Ricottilli, Jr. ’54 accepts his Faithful Friar Award
from Father Shanley.

2,100 alumni, guests enjoy Reunion Weekend at Providence College

More than 2,100 alumni and guests enjoyed Reunion Weekend from Friday, May 30, to Sunday, June 1, at Providence College.

A highlight was the viewing of the WaterFire lighting from Waterplace Restaurant on Friday night with entertainment by PC’s student Jazz Band. The weekend concluded with Mass in St. Dominic Chapel and a brunch on Sunday morning. In between, there were class-specific events for alumni who graduated in years ending in 4 and 9.

The Class of 1964 marked its 50th reunion with a Golden Friar Mass followed by a dinner in Slavin Center ’64 Hall, a room named for the class. The Class of 1974 took a creative approach with a progressive dinner, consuming courses in different locations on campus, including the Slavin Center Atrium, Smith Center for the Arts, and the new Ruane Center for the Humanities.

An Instagram contest engaged the classes of 2004 and 2009. Young alumni were invited to photograph their favorite spots on campus and post them on Instagram using the hashtag #PCReunion. The photos were displayed at a barbecue on the Slavin Center lawn.

Eight alumni receive honors  

Also during the weekend, eight alumni were added to the National Alumni Association Honor Roll of Recognition.

At the Golden Friars dinner on Friday night, John Ricottilli, Jr. ’54 of Sarasota, Fla., a retired senior vice president at TACO, Inc., and a retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserves, received the Faithful Friar Award. It was presented by James A. O’Leary, Esq. ’63. Ricottilli served on the National Alumni Association Board of Governors and the Providence President’s Council.

Col. Frederick F. Mullen ’59 of Fredericksburg, Va., whose 20 years of military service included service in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, received the Personal Achievement Award, which was presented by his classmate, James Sullivan ’59. Mullen is a native of South Providence who studied accountancy at the College through its ROTC Program and enlisted shortly after graduation.

During the Alumni Awards Presentation and Brunch on Saturday morning in a tent behind the Phillips Memorial Library, awards were presented by student leaders from the Class of 2014.

They were Sean Aherne ’14, executive president of Student Congress; Mark Caprio ’14, president of the Class of 2014; Jennifer Celli ’14, marketing chair for the Board of Programmers, and now a class agent; Billy Ricci ’14, co-chair of the Senior Class Giving Committee and chair of the Ring Committee for Junior Ring Weekend; Matthew Santos ’14, president of the Friars Club, who will study medicine at Brown University; and Meagan Sullivan ’14, treasurer of the Student Alumni Association and a leader in Campus Ministry. 

College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 said the recipients are role models for all alumni.

“You have taken your degrees and lived meaningful, wonderful, transformative lives,” said Father Shanley.

Honored for personal and professional accomplishments were:

Robert Dugan ’64 of Westford, Mass., received the Faithful Friar Award. Dugan served on the National Alumni Association Board of Governors, the Boston President’s Circle Committee, the Providence 2000 capital campaign committee, and the Parents for Providence Association. During his 22 years with TJX Companies, he worked with the College’s Career Education Center.

James H. Reilly, III, Esq. ’69 of North Kingstown, R.I., received the Faithful Friar Award. As a partner with the Providence-based law firm Kelly, Kelleher, Reilly & Simpson, Reilly advised the College on legal matters before it established its own legal counsel. He is a former member of the National Alumni Association Board of Governors and was its president in 1995. He received the Mal Brown Award the following year.

Raymond L. McGowan ’74 of Ivyland, Pa., received the Personal Achievement Award. He is president of North American food packaging for Crown Holdings, Inc., and its Americas division, and is on the executive board of the Can Manufacturers Institute in Washington, D.C. He was a founding member of the PC School of Business Advisory Council and serves on the Board of Trustees Building and Property Committee, charged with selecting an architect for the School of Business renovation project. 

Rev. Robert L. Marciano ’79, pastor of St. Kevin’s Parish in Warwick, R.I., received the Bishop Harkins Award for his leadership in the Diocese of Providence. In addition to his work in numerous parishes, he has been chaplain of the Warwick police and fire departments, the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association, the Providence County Sheriff’s Department, and the Rhode Island Air National Guard. He joined the Air National Guard Bureau and became the first chaplain in Rhode Island to attain the rank of colonel. He mentors cadets in PC’s ROTC Program. 

Nancy Cavallero McNamara ’84 of Washington, D.C., received the Personal Achievement Award. She is among the highest-ranking women at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she is assistant director of inspection. Her FBI career began in 1996, when she became a special agent and was assigned to the New York division to investigate public corruption. She is a mentor in PC’s Career Education Center and participates in career networking nights with students. 

Capt. Michael R. Calcagni ’04 of Warwick, R.I., received the Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Award, which recognizes young alumni achievement. Calcagni was part of the ROTC Program during his years at PC and served two Army deployments, including as a commander in Afghanistan. He is a full-time member of the Active Guard Reserve, serving as an operations officer with the 1-103d Field Artillery Battalion in the Rhode Island National Guard, and mentors ROTC students at PC in class and during morning workouts. He also is a certified public accountant. 

Proceeds from the brunch benefited the National Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2008 to provide financial assistance to students.  

—Vicki-Ann Downing

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