Six Receive Trocaire College Distinguished Alumni Award

BUFFALO, N.Y. - In 1984, the Trocaire College Distinguished Alumni Award was established to honor and acknowledge those Trocaire alumni who are making a difference in their community and/or profession.

Trocaire College president, Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D., and alumni president, Henry Mumme, RN, Class of 2001, presented the awards at a dinner ceremony on February 6 at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant.  Six alumni received the 2013 Trocaire College Distinguished Alumni Award.

Sr. Margaret Mary Gorman, RSM, ’64, Gorman is the director of mission & service at Trocaire College where she also served for ten years as the dean of students. Gorman received an associate degree from Trocaire, and earned a B.A. in English from Medaille College and a M.A. in Theology from Christ the King Seminary.  Her volunteer/membership activities include the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the WNY Service Learning Coalition and Service Learning Directors Association.

After earning her RN degree from Trocaire in 1970, Assunta (Sue) Ventresca continued her education earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from D’Youville College.  Ventresca is currently the director of health related services for the Buffalo Public Schools, a position she has held for eight years. Last fall she was recognized by the BPS District Parent Coordinating Council and received the Parent Partner Award for her work in engaging parents as partners in improving the health of children.

Nancy Augustyn graduated from Trocaire in 1975 and continued on to earn a bachelor of science degree from SUNYAB and a master’s degree from Canisius College.  Augustyn has served as director of the radiologic technology program at Trocaire since 1981.  She is a strong supporter of Catholic education volunteering her time to support Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, Saint Jude Center, and the Canisius High School Parents Alumni Board.

Ann Marie Giangrosso ’85 has been a human resource coordinator for The McGuire Group for the past thirteen years.  Giangrosso continued her education earning a bachelor’s degree in business management from Houghton College.  She serves as a member of the Trocaire Licensed Practical Nursing Advisory Board and has served as the Trocaire alumni board president from 2003-2005 and continues to serve as a board member.

Dr. Julie A. Gavin graduated from Trocaire College in 1986 with an associate degree in registered nursing.  After graduation she worked as a registered nurse at Sisters of Charity Hospital and continued her education at the State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a combined bachelor/master’s degree in nursing.  Gavin earned her doctor of medicine degree in 2003 and currently operates an OB/GYN practice in Kenmore.

After earning his associate degree in hospitality management at Trocaire in 2009, Nicholas Tollar, Jr. continued his education at Canisius College, achieving a bachelor’s degree in management.  Tollar worked in banking after graduating from Canisius, until the opportunity arose to own and operate Marco’s Italian Deli on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo in 2011.  Tollar also serves as an adjunct instructor at Trocaire College.