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The College of Saint Rose Announces It Will Close

On November 30, 2023, The College of Saint Rose Board of Trustees voted to cease academic instruction after the end of the 2023-2024 academic year. The College will continue to serve its undergraduate and graduate students, and offer a full Spring 2024 course schedule. Read More

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Find out which of our alums is celebrating a promotion, a new career, or their start-up business in Class Notes. Read about new babies and wedding announcements. See who is making news, and take a moment to remember those who have passed on.

Every month, we find ourselves short on Class Notes from classes before the 1990s. We want to share all of our alumni’s accomplishments! Please email us at with your news, and write “class notes” in the subject line.


Nicole Van Zandt ’14, G’18, along with her husband and two friends, are the proud new owners of MochaLisa’s Caffé & Books. MochaLisa’s is a long-standing café in Clifton Park, specializing in espresso drinks and paninis. Under its new ownership, they expanded to include a bookshop, special events, and signature baked goods.

Andrew J. Williamson ’14 was re-elected treasurer of the Friends of SPAC Committee f/k/a, the SPAC Junior Committee. Before becoming an officer, he served on the steering committee (i.e., board) as a member-at-large. He joined the friends of SPAC committee in 2017 and has sat on the Winter Ball and Ballet Gala committees while also serving as a mentor to new members. He currently works as a personal assistant in human resources for Albany County. He is a member of the executive committee of the Colonie Democratic Committee and was previously vice president of the Capital Alliance of Young Professionals Inc.

Matthew Babula G’13 has been appointed the new director of K-12 connections at Herkimer College.


Michael Bellizzi ’13, G’17, G’22 and Nicole Bellizzi and their wedding guests

Michael Bellizzi ’13, G’17, G’22 married his wife, Nicole, surrounded by their friends and family. Making the day extra special, were their Saint Rose community, pictured above.

Paul Mereness ’10, G’10 has been promoted to senior credit officer at NBT Bank. Mereness is responsible for credit underwriting for NBT’s largest commercial relationships and supporting the bank’s relationship managers across its seven-state footprint.


The Polson Family

The Polson Family (By Evie Anne Thompson)

Meaghan Thompson Polson ’08 and her husband, Andrew, are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter Evelyn, born in October. She joins doting big brothers, Logan and Finnegan, and the Polsons are happily enjoying life as a family of five.

Bernhard Spirig G’07, a Saugerties Central School District band teacher, was featured in the Daily Freeman, sharing his battle with Parkinson’s and how he continues to pursue his love of music and teaching.

Dr. Mark Chalmers ’04 has joined Saratoga Hospital Medical Group Primary Care – Mechanicville.

David Miclette ’02, president of Elevation Ten Thousand, a Capital Region-based media and marketing agency, was featured in “20 things you don’t know about me” in the Times Union.

Nervous Rex book cover with picture of dinosaur

Michael Burns G’01 is an educator and author who published his first children’s book “Nervous Rex.” It is geared for kids to help cope with their anxiety and is available now online.


Megan MacMullin G’95 has been″>chosen as president and chief executive officer of SCARC Inc. SCARC is an organization that provides high-quality services and supports to people with developmental disabilities and their families in Sussex County, New York. She will begin her role in March 2023.


Thomas “Tom” Amyot G’86 made a triumphant return to the lanes after a 35-year absence. In supporting family members who competed, he rekindled a love for the game and started bowling again. After winning a doubles tournament with his nephew, Don, he then won is first singles title, the A.L.B.A.N.Y. Tournament at Spare Time Latham.

The Vascular System book cover

Dr. Ann Marie Schedler Kupinski ’81, G’85 has a new medical textbook titled “Diagnostic Medical Sonography: The Vascular System.” Published by Wolters Kluwer, the book provides comprehensive information on the methodology, protocols, and diagnostic criteria pertaining to vascular sonography and noninvasive vascular testing. It is used by several medical sonography programs across the United States and is also used as a helpful reference guide by those practicing in the field of vascular ultrasound. You can purchase the book on Amazon or directly through the publisher.

In Memoriam

Sandra Murphy G’11

Joan Fewkes Wise ’98

Susan Ross G’87

Donald Womer ’78

Richard Acker ’77

Jane Cavanaugh Bonavita ’66

Pamela Decker Colligan ’66, G’74

Anna Mae Shannon ’66

Juliane Robba Capone ’65

Joan Parrella Schlieben ’64

Mary Catherine McNerney Harris ’61

Sister Alice Benzing, CSJ ’60, G’66

Carole Koblantz Deitcher G’60

Frances Durso Lankowicz ’58

A.Joanne Leonard Jarrett ’51

Mary Carrigan Kennedy ’51


Friends of Saint Rose

Patricia A. Gorman

Doris Grumbach, former English professor

Gabrielle M. “Gabby” Gurney

Christian Mathiesen Jr.

Dr. Jack Rosenbach, former adjunct professor and husband of Dr. Joanne Powers