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Rivier Presents Alumni Achievement Awards

Published Monday Oct 14, 2019

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From left, Ashley Hall, Joan Catherine Widmer, John Fabrizio and Raymond Noel are the Rivier University alumni achievement winners for 2019.


Rivier University in Nashua presented four alumni achievement awards to area graduates during Alumni Reunion Weekend in September. The awards highlight outstanding leadership and service to a profession, local communities, and the University.

“Our alumni represent the University with pride and distinction through contributions to their professions, the community, and their alma mater,” says Karen Cooper, Vice President for University Advancement. “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.”

The Outstanding Business Leader Award was presented to Raymond Noel, Class of 2000, who earned his MBA from Rivier and currently serves on the President’s Circle Council. Noel enjoyed a distinguished, 25-year career in banking before becoming a certified private wealth advisor and establishing an independent financial planning firm.

The Outstanding Educator Award was presented to John Fabrizio, Class of 1998. Fabrizio 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. He has worked as a public-school administrator for the past 19 years, rising to his current position as assistant superintendent of the Merrimack School District.

The Outstanding Nursing Professional Award was presented to Joan Catherine Widmer, Class of 2005, for her commitment to excellence and service to patients, nurses, and nursing education. She earned her Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Rivier and serves as the Nurse Executive Director of the New Hampshire Nurses Association. After a successful career in corporate accounting and finance, Widmer elected to pursue a second career in nursing.

The Young Alumni Award was presented to Ashley Hall, Class of 2018. Hall earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Rivier and immediately entered the master’s degree program in Health and Wellness Management at Merrimack College. She pursued a fellowship in cultural competency and health literacy and now serves as an adjunct instructor in the college’s public health major.

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