an e-newsletter for students and alumni of saint michael's biology department

Chair's Message
Spring 2009





We recently celebrated the commencement of the largest class of biology majors in the history of the College. In honor of this class, I will devote my message to pointing out some of their accomplishments and plans for the future.

Four biology seniors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this year (Matthew Alexander, Molly Harrison, Erica Masi and Mike Proffitt); three biology seniors were inducted last year, as juniors, (Megan Denardo, Erin Doyle, and Paul Jarvis) for a total of seven biology seniors earning this honor.

Our seniors have a variety of job offers, graduate school plans and travel opportunities awaiting them, including:


  • Morris County Park Commission in New Jersey (Tim Bednar)
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service (Nick Sibley)
  • Clancy Environmental, Saint Albans, VT (Ian Myers)
  • Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Burlington, VT (Will Crall)

Graduate and Professional School Programs

  • SUNY Plattsburgh Nursing Program (Abby Bayer)
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (Caitlin Cronin and Mallory Norton),
  • Physician’s Assistant Program at Arcadia University (Erica Masi)
  • Master's Program in Biomedical Forensics at the Boston University School of Medicine (Nick Robertson)
  • Master's of Environmental Management Program at Duke University
    (Megan Denardo)
  • Accelerated Nursing Program at Villanova University, PA (Audrey Hagert)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, PA (Molly Harrison)

Service to Country

  • Vermont Army National Guard, Medic with the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Mountain Infantry of Jericho, VT, to be deployed to Afghanistan (Ross Thibodeau)

At the time of this writing, some other seniors are awaiting the final decisions regarding their applications to healthcare professional schools, while others will lead interesting and edifying travel plans, including a medical mission trip to Haiti (Ana Konopka) and a tour of the British Isles (Erin Doyle). We look forward to receiving updates from all of our graduates as careers and adventures unfold.

In this edition of our e-newsletter, we highlight the recent accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni, including an alumna who has achieved great success in marine biology: Tracy Romano ’86, Senior Vice President for Research and Zoological Operations of the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, Mystic, Connecticut. We will present more accounts of the successes of our graduates in future editions, so alumni, please stay in touch with us.


Valerie S. Banschbach
Chair, Department of Biology


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