Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Saying Goodbye

2010, was a not an easy year for the young alumni classes at St. Michael’s. Four members from the classes of 2006, 2007 and 2008 passed away unexpectedly; Raina Jensen ’06, Haven Quinn ’07, Jacquelyn Sutton ’07 and Michael Desmond ’08. For many members of their classes this has left a void that I am sure will continue as time moves on. In true St. Mike’s fashion their lives were celebrated and honored. Earlier in December, friends gathered in Boston to share memories of their friends; others gathered on campus at a mass said in their memory. Facebook, has been flooded with photos and tributes as well. It is times like these when we come together as a family that makes being a member of the St. Mike’s community so valuable, even after we have left Winooski Park.

In the Office of Institutional Advancement we said farewell to two members of our team who collectively after 57 years at St. Michael’s have retired; Aline deLaricheliere P’94 ’99 (21 years) and Rit DiVenere ’67 P’92 ’94 ’99 (36 years). Both of these individuals were instrumental members of our team. At a party to honor them, many current members of the campus community gathered as well as former members. Again, we came together as a family to wish them well as they begin new chapters in their lives.

With Christmas only a few short days away, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas as you gather with family and friends, hopefully some from St. Mike’s and a very Happy New Year!