ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE INDUCTED 19TH ANNUAL HALL OF FAME CLASS

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St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Alumni Association inducted six alumni and one 2016 Spartan Award honoree into its prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame recently at The Rockleigh (Rockleigh, NJ), announced Kevin P. Duignan, ’75 and ’06 MBA, vice president for institutional advancement at the College.

Front row - left to right Sr. Catherine Rose Quigley, Stephanie Walker, Maryann Walker, Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, STAC President, and Joyce Pizzi. Back row - left to right Kathyanne Kopac-Cook, Virginia Ripp and Spartan Award Honoree; Sterling National Bank represented by Mr. Jack Kopniski.
Front row – left to right
Sr. Catherine Rose Quigley, Stephanie Walker, Maryann Walker, Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, STAC President, and Joyce Pizzi.
Back row – left to right
Kathyanne Kopac-Cook, Virginia Ripp and Spartan Award Honoree; Sterling National Bank represented by Mr. Jack Kopniski.

“We enjoyed honoring the new inductees at the Annual Hall of Fame Dinner.  We are proud of the variety of individuals who have either graced our campus as undergraduate or graduate students or taken a keen interest in our growth as friends of the College,” said Duignan.

The following individuals were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame:

Sr. Catherine Rose Quigley, O.P, (Yonkers, NY) a member of the Class of 1966, is the principal at Aquinas High School (Bronx, NY).

Virginia (Ginny) Nolan Ripp, (New York, NY) a member of the Class of 1973, is a retired teacher, mother of two and grandmother of five.  She is a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Board of Trustees.

Maryann S. Walker, (Nanuet, NY) a member of the Class of 1990, is the former owner of Pearl River Florist, Pearl River, NY.

Stephanie Walker, (Piermont, NY) a member of the Class of 1990, is the owner of Pearl River Florist and Re:Generation Consignment Shop, both in Pearl River, NY.

Joyce M. Pizzi, (Naples, FL) a member of the Class of 1991, is a funeral director and former owner of Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral home in Northvale, NJ.

Kathy Kopac-Cook, (Sparkill, NY) a member of the Class of 2014, is a teacher’s assistant in New City, NY.

The STAC Alumni Association’s 2016 Spartan Award was presented to Sterling National Bank (Montebello, NY) for their ongoing support of the College.  The Award was accepted by Jack Kopnisky, president & chief executive officer of Sterling National Bank.

The event also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Class of 1966.

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