University presented four outstanding achievement awards to Greater Nashua area
graduates in September. The awards highlighted the alumni’s leadership and service
to their professions, local communities and the University, improving the
quality of life for New Hampshire residents.
presented by Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President, during Alumni
Reunion Weekend. Karen Cooper, Vice President for University Advancement,
addressed attendees on behalf of the University. “You share a common belief in
the value of higher education, in the unique advantages of the Rivier
University experience, and in the importance of our mission of transforming
hearts and minds to serve the world,” said Cooper. “It is our privilege to celebrate
your achievements this evening.”
The Outstanding Business Leader Award
was presented to Michael Croatti, MBA, Class of 2009G. Croatti is Senior Vice
President at UniFirst Corporation, responsible for all service and operations
for North America. He serves as a member of Rivier’s Alumni Council and
President’s Circle Leadership Committee, and is a past Alumni Mentor. He
volunteers with Operation Care for Troops and initiated the “Thanks from Home”
program at UniFirst to send care packages to troops stationed overseas.
The Outstanding Educator Award was
presented to Chantal Alcox, Class of 1997G, for her commitment to education and
community. Alcox has been a third grade teacher, assistant principal, and is
currently the principal at Heron Pond Elementary School in Milford. Living and
working in the community, she has tirelessly dedicated her 27-year career to
enhancing educational opportunities and advancing student achievement in the
town where she and her family have made their home.
The Outstanding Nurse and Healthcare
Leader Award was presented to Cynthia Arcieri, Class of 1996/2004G, for her
commitment to excellence and service to patients. Arcieri works at St. Joseph
Healthcare as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse
Executive, a role with wide-ranging leadership responsibilities. In addition,
she provides clinical care as a nurse practitioner in the St. Joseph Hospital
Cancer Center, serves as a Rivier adjunct faculty member, and volunteers at
several local nonprofit organizations.
The Young Alumni Award was presented to Hollyann DeCarteret, RN, Class of 2013. This award recognizes a Rivier graduate of
the last five years who has become a distinguished young professional.
DeCarteret works as a maternity nurse at Elliot Hospital in Manchester and
provides preventative care at Maxim Healthcare. She serves as a member of the
Rivier Alumni Council, as an Alumni Mentor to nursing students, and volunteers
with the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program.
Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s
President thanked alumni for their dedicated service to the Greater Nashua area
and the University. “Your continued connection to Rivier is a source of
strength, and your many accomplishments contribute to the greater good and keep
Rivier’s mission alive throughout the local community and beyond.”