October 14, 2016

News from regional alumni clubs

N.Y. leader Catrambone ’05 leaves an impressive ledger

The alumni community extends profound gratitude to George Catrambone ’05, whose term as president of the PC Club of New York ended on June 30, 2016, after four years of distinguished service. George engaged hundreds of alumni, fueling and sustaining the Friar spirit clubwide through regular social programming like men’s basketball game watches and networking and community service opportunities.

George Catrambone '05 and Katie Ferris '13
George Catrambone ’05 and Katie Ferris ’13

Under George’s leadership, the New York club hosted the Friar Fall Kickoff each September. The event for alumni new to the area not only provided a warm welcome but also inspired the College to establish Friar Days, the three annual events designed to engage all alumni nationwide and abroad.

George also was an integral member of the New York Scholarship Committee and will continue to contribute to the College as part of the new School of Business Wall Street initiative.

We offer our best wishes for continued success to the club’s new president, Katie Ferris ’13. Katie has been a dedicated volunteer leader in the area since her graduation.

Two other presidents named

The Southern California Club is pleased to welcome Meagan Cooper ’00 as its new president. As John Hannen, Jr. ’78 passes the baton, we thank him for his enthusiasm and leadership. Jane Dillon Cerosky ’83 has been elected president of the Hartford Club. We are excited to have Jane on board to help guide the club through engagement opportunities for alumni.

From left, Sarah Gothers '14, Kelsey O'Hare '14, Jack McShane '15, Patrick Nigro '15, and Mike Weber '16 on the Boston cruise.
From left, Sarah Gothers ’14, Kelsey O’Hare ’14, Jack McShane ’15, Patrick Nigro ’15, and Mike Weber ’16 on the Boston cruise.


President: Mark McGwin ’81 Contact: MMcGwin@bankatunited.com

The club held its annual Networking Event in June, featuring Dr. Sheila Adamus Liotta, dean of the PC School of Arts & Sciences. More than 100 alumni and students attended the event at Brown Brothers Harriman. The club also hosted the annual Friars at Fenway and Harbor Cruise events over the summer. Plans are under way for the Fall Business Breakfast, the annual community service project at the Greater Boston Food Bank, and our Christmas Party at Market Restaurant & Lounge on Dec. 2.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Presidents: Jim Fregeau ’86 Contact: jfregeau64@gmail.com

Dennis Burns ’85, ’18P, & ’20P Contact: dennis@chesapeakenorthgroup.com

The new Buffalo Club’s first get-together was in January 2016 for the Friars Days gathering and men’s basketball game watch featuring PC and Villanova. Alumni in class years from 1976 to 2012 rooted on the Friars. In August, we welcomed nine members of the Class of 2020 from the Rochester/Buffalo area at the home of Dennis ’85 and Donnamarie Burns ’18P & ’20P. We look forward to welcoming all western New York Friars to future events. Check out our Facebook page: facebook.com/BuffaloPCClub.

New Jersey

President: Jen Palombo ’88 Contact: jpalombo@marketwired.com

John ’86 and Amy McCarthy welcomed more than 75 Class of 2020 students, their families, and alumni for a reception at their home in Summit in June. The club brought the Friar spirit to the Jersey shore in July when more than 75 Friars came together for a reception at the Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club. Save the date of Sunday, Nov. 20, for the 2nd annual Mass and Brunch at the Canoebrook Country Club. Follow us on Instagram: @pcnjalumniclub.

South Coast, Mass.

President: Deb Perry Ozug ’79 Contact: debgptl@aol.com

In July, the club welcomed the incoming Class of 2020 Friars and reconnected with classmates and old friends at our annual Summer Reception. Held at the Waypoint Event Center in New Bedford, the program included remarks and the presentation of the Father Hogan and Donnelly Family memorial scholarships. Past and current recipients were present. Special thanks to Bill Synott ’69 for his ongoing work on the Hogan Scholarship and to the Donnelly family.

New York

President: Katie Ferris ’13 Contact: katie.ferris523@gmail.com

The club hosted its annual Networking Event in June at the Time Warner Center. The evening featured remarks by Dr. Sylvia Maxfield, dean of the PC School of Business, and the opportunity for current students to network with alumni. Students participated in a Networking 101 session led by Kaitlin Elliott ’12 of Morgan Stanley, Ryan Loiter ’08 of Capital One, and Emily Moschet ’08, who works at Google. We thank Keith Cocozza ’89 for providing space at the Time Warner Center. In August, the club held a meet-up at Jack Demsey’s, giving alumni the chance to catch up with fellow Friars. The summer ended with a night of tennis at the U.S. Open. The event, organized by Gregory McCabe ’01, offered Friar fans the opportunity to mingle with classmates and friends. We kicked off fall with a successful Friar Days welcome, chaired by Shannon Kelly ’12. Upcoming events include a fall service opportunity, game watches at Jack Demsey’s, and our Christmas Party at Stout on Dec. 2.

Southwest Florida

President: Mike McCarthy ’64 Contact: mikerumford@aol.com

For the eighth consecutive year, the club will participate in the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11, 2017. We will gather at St. Ann’s Church parking lot, corner of 3rd St. South and 9th Ave. South, at 10 a.m. This year, in addition to our convertible, we have reserved two covered six-passenger golf carts for those who want to participate while staying out of the sun. Keep an eye out for additional information regarding the Naples Mass and Reception to be held in spring 2017.

Northern California

President: Scott Tashjian ’10 Contact: scotttashjian@gmail.com

Club members and friends gathered for a networking reception at Rosa Mexicano on the Embarcadero to kick o fall. Upcoming events include basketball game watches and the Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 3, hosted by Katie Breen ’08. For more information and to get involved with planning chapter activities, contact Scott Tashjian ’10.

Christmas parties

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016:

Greater Boston
Market Restaurant & Lounge
21 Broad St.
Boston, Mass. 02109

Greater Providence
Providence G Ballroom
100 Dorrance St.
Providence, R.I. 02903

New York
Stout NYC
133 West 33rd St.
New York, N.Y. 10003
SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2016:

Northern California
Home of Katie Breen ’08


SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016:

New Haven
Brazi’s Italian Restaurant
201 Food Terminal Plaza
New Haven, Conn. 06511


SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2016:
Capital Area
The University Club of Washington, D.C.
1135 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036


For more: prov.ly/christmasparties2016