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Rivier University celebrates alumni for superb work

By Grace Pecci | Oct 17, 2019

From left, Rivier University Alumni Ashley Hall, Joan Catherine Widmer, John Fabrizio and Raymond Noel were recently recognized for their success during Rivier University’s Alumni Reunion Weekend. Hall, Widmer, Fabrizio and Noel received Outstanding Awards in the categories of Young Alumni, Nurse and Health Care Professional, Educator and Business Professional/Community Leader.

NASHUA – Rivier University recognized four successful alumni during its recent Alumni Reunion Weekend.

Each year, the university awards alumni who have gone on to make a notable difference within their profession, while also staying connected with Rivier.

Award winners can be nominated by fellow alumni until May 31, and the awards are held annually at the end of September.

This year’s awards included Outstanding Educator Award, Outstanding Nurse/Healthcare Professional Award, Outstanding Business Professional/ Community Leader Award and Outstanding Young Alumni.

The Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Merrimack School District Assistant Superintendent John Fabrizio.

Fabrizio, who graduated from Rivier University in 1998, earned two master’s degrees, one in Special Education and the other in Educational Leadership, and a graduate certificate in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports from Rivier University, according to information provided by the university.

Fabrizio has served as a public school administrator for nearly two decades and sat on the New Hampshire State Professional Standards Board for six years.He also is involved with the CEEDAR Project.

The Outstanding Nursing Professional Award was presented to Joan Catherine Widmer. Widmer, who graduated from Rivier University in 2005, earned her Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Rivier University.

According to information provided by Rivier University, Widmer most recently practiced at Catholic Medical Center in the Emergency Department where she conducted a practice improvement project for performing an Influenza screen.

The Outstanding Business Leader Award was presented to Raymond Noel. Noel, who graduated from Rivier University in 2000, earned his MBA from the university.

Noel went on to pursue a career in banking and then as a Certified Private Wealth Advisor. He eventually established his own independent financial planning firm.

Notable awards for Noel include Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor for NH in 2018 and 2019 as well as recognition from Barron’s in America’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors.

Noel continues to remain connected to Rivier University by serving on the President’s Circle Council.

The Young Alumni Award was presented to Ashley Hall. Hall, who graduated from Rivier University in 2018, earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and is now working toward obtaining her master’s degree in Health and Wellness Management at Merrimack College.

Hall serves as an adjunct Public Health instructor at Rivier University as well as the Program Manager of the Northeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership.

Upon recognizing the alumni for their successes, Vice President for University Advancement Karen Cooper stated, “Our alumni represent the University with pride and distinction through contributions to their professions, the community, and their alma mater. It is our privilege to recognize these four outstanding individuals for their commitment to the University’s mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.”

Grace Pecci may be reached at 603-594-1243 or gpecci@nashuatelegraph.com.


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