January 07, 2013

Rivier alumnus, former faculty member donates painting to University

On Dec. 17, an alumnus of Rivier’s M.B.A. program and former adjunct faculty member in Rivier’s Division of Business donated a vibrant piece of artwork to the University.

Dr. Michael Gagne and his wife Carol, of Franklin, N.H. were on campus to present the piece – an oil painting on canvas titled “Still Life with Flowers” by local artist James Aponovich – to Sister Theresa Couture, pm, director of Rivier’s Art Gallery, and Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s president.

Dr. Gagne graduated from Rivier with his M.B.A. in 1983, and taught several business courses as an adjunct professor. He and his wife Carol, a nurse, later moved to Hawaii, where they lived for 10 years and where Gagne pursued a master’s degree in American studies and a Ph.D. in philosophy with a focus on economics at the University of Hawaii.

Artist James Aponovich was born in Nashua and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. His work was featured at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H. in 2005 in an exhibition titled James Aponovich: A Retrospective.

“As an alumnus and donor, you are a part of Rivier’s past, present, and future,” said Sister Paula to Dr. Gagne as the painting was presented.

Couture plans to hang the painting in the University’s Regina Library or the recently renovated Madeleine Hall.

“We chose to donate this piece to Rivier because it was about coming back home,” Dr. Gagne said. “We were looking for a place that might give it a permanent home, and this was at the top of our list.” 

Media ContactsRivier in the News

Union Leader: 11/07/2016
Newsmakers: Rivier alumni honored

Nashua Telegraph: 10/24/2016
Rivier hosts Celebration of Peace

Nashua Telegraph: 10/03/2016
New career services director joins Rivier

Nashua Telegraph: 09/10/2016
Rivier awarded $650K STEM grant

Nashua Telegraph: 06/19/2016
Rivier faculty receive honors

Nashua Telegraph: 05/14/2016
Nearly 900 receive diplomas at Rivier

Nashua Telegraph: 05/05/2016
Rivier University awarded $49,000 grant

Nashua Telegraph: 04/28/2016
Rivier gives back to community

Nashua Telegraph: 04/27/2016
Rivier lacrosse hits stride

Nashua Telegraph/Encore Magazine: 04/08/2016
Art and music combine beautifully at Rivier exhibit

Inside Higher Ed: 04/04/2016
Commencement speakers announced

Nashua Telegraph: 04/03/2016
Rivier names Commencement speaker

Londonderry News: 03/07/2016
Exhibit at Rivier combines art and music

Nashua Telegraph: 02/01/2016
Rivier to host opioid forum on Feb. 8

Hollis Brookline Journal: 12/21/2015
Bisson takes over as Rivier interim basketball coach

Nashua Telegraph - Editorial: 10/16/2015
Riv's 'Fresh Check' the right approach

Nashua Telegraph: 10/16/2015
Rivier will host peace conference

Nashua Telegraph: 09/19/2015
Rivier won't require SAT ACT scores

Nashua Telegraph: 09/08/2015
Rivier welcomes new students to campus 08/21/2015
New dean at Rivier University

Lowell Sun: 05/10/2015
799 receive Rivier diplomas

Nashua Telegraph: 04/08/2015
Alumnus Galipeau named Nashua fire chief

Inside Higher Ed: 03/23/2015
Commencement speakers announced

News Channel 7 - 03/10/2015
College students build homes in Jackson County, Florida

Hippo Press: 03/03/2015
On the Job: Rick Perrine

Hippo Press: 02/03/2015
On the Job: Dr. Joel Stake


Nashua Telegraph: 11/20/2014
RISE authors to read at Toadstool Bookshop

Nashua Telegraph: 11/11/2014
A man who found a home in the army