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Scholarship Tribute Dinner Honors Excellence and Funds Student Scholarships


On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, the College of Mount Saint Vincent Hosts the Annual Scholarship Tribute Dinner at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York City. The Dinner is an important event for the College and for the community as monies raised through the Dinner provide scholarship funds for strong students with great need, a wonderful investment in the future.

This year the College is pleased to honor Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Mutual of America Life Insurance Company; Joan M. Squires, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Mutual of America Life Insurance Company; and Kathleen M. Tracey, S.C., Ph.D. Professor Emerita of Biology and Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Honorees are recognized for their business acumen, commitment to excellence in education and support of the mission of the College.

Thomas J. Moran, a native new Yorker, was appointed Chairman of the Board in June 2005, and since October 1994, has served as president and chief executive officer of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, one of the most highly rated life insurance companies in the United States that specializes in providing retirement and long-term savings plans to small and medium-sized organizations. In addition to his extensive business experience, Mr. Moran is currently the chairman of Concern Worldwide (U.S.), an international humanitarian relief organization that operates in 30 of the world’s poorest countries.

Joan M. Squires is responsible for the technology and computer systems that support the information processing needs and strategic goals of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries. Mutual of America provides retirement and insurance products to corporate employers and not-for-profit organizations. Joan is a graduate of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, currently Chairs the College’s Board of Trustees, and has served as a trustee since 1997.

A graduate of the Mount in 1948, Sr. Kathleen Tracey has been a teacher and administrator at the College for over 60 years. She has helped grow Mount Saint Vincent’s Science Department by developing biology courses for nursing and health education programs and teaching the first bioethics course in the United States. She established an Institute for Aquatic Research and a Field Station at Nassau in the Bahamas, which she ran successfully for 18 years. She was chair of the science department for nearly two decades, and she ran the College’s cooperative program with Manhattan College for 20 years. She is a member of the recently formed Mount Science Advisory Committee.

Invitees are encouraged to support the Dinner by purchasing a table/s or tickets. Last year’s Dinner raised over $500,000 in scholarship funds for students in need. To learn more about the College of Mount Saint Vincent or to become a sponsor of the Tribute Dinner, please contact the Public Relations Office.