Women at Manhattan College

Committee Promotes 40th Anniversary of Coeducation

A group of dedicated alumnae have volunteered to help raise awareness of the College’s 40th anniversary of admitting women as undergraduates. Rosanne Thomas Matzat ’82, School of Business, and member of the College’s Board of Trustees, has agreed to chair the committee. Joining Rosanne are: Meg Walsh ’79, School of Engineering; Joanie O’Leary Sartorio ’84, School of Business; Mellissa Colombo McGowan ’95, School of Education and Health; and Clare Walsh Gerhardt ’06, School of Arts.

Rosanne Matzat headshotIn addition to the alumnae committee, Manhattan has formed a College-wide committee and has developed several events on campus highlighting successful women in various disciplines. A recently completed lecture series hosted authors Carol Gilligan and Lauren Weisberger, military veteran Melissa Stockwell and television personality Michelle Beadle. 

As a committed volunteer and generous donor, Rosanne says Manhattan is fortunate to have such a deep pool of talented and gifted alumnae. “Over the past 40 years our women graduates have gone on to do some very important things in their professional and personal lives. I’m sure many can say that Manhattan College gave them the foundation that much of their success is based on. I am proud to be a Jasper and honored to help the College work to commemorate the anniversary of this important evolution in the Manhattan tradition.”

Pictured above: Alumnae Committee Chair, Rosanne Thomas Matzat '82, School of Business

Year of the Woman at Manhattan: A Panel Presentation

A special panel presentation featuring some of the College's early female graduates was held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 to help mark the celebration of 40 years of coeducation. Annmarie Flynn ’81, Ph.D., moderated the panel, which included Ruback-Kehrberger, senior environmental engineer, CP Engineers & Architecture; Clare Cunniffe ’81, vice president, U.S. financial services, Informatica Corp.; Lisa Toscano ’79, Ed.D., associate professor of kinesiology, Manhattan College; and Kathleen McCarrick-Weiden ’79, Ph.D., vice president of taxation, Lefrak Organization. Panelists discussed how their experiences at Manhattan impacted their lives personally and professionally. Students, alumni and the entire campus community attended the panel which was followed by a cocktail reception. 

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