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School honors Ricciardi

By Paul E. Kandarian
July 17, 2011

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Bridgewater State University made a huge difference in the life of Louis M. Ricciardi (inset).

The 1981 graduate of what was then called Bridgewater State College went on to found the Ricciardi Financial Group of Taunton, but never forgot the educational background he got at the school, and over the years donated to its foundation and various scholarship funds.

In September, the university will formally rename its College of Business the Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business, and will be the first naming of an academic unit at the school. The university’s board of trustees recently unanimously approved the recommendation by President Dana Mohler-Faria, and a ceremony will be held in Harrington Hall, home of the college of business that will bear Ricciardi’s name.

“Bridgewater was the difference maker in my young life and instilled in me a deep appreciation for what is possible through hard work, focus, and a positive attitude,’’ said Ricciardi, who now lives in Dartmouth. “I’m honored to have such a deep and lasting connection with my alma mater and the past 30 years have truly been a labor of love.’’

Mohler-Faria said the Ricciardi name “is synonymous with the selfless character of this institution and its enduring mission of helping others.’’

Marking the name change, Ricciardi announced his latest gift to his old school, a $200,000 endowment of a fund to inspire entrepreneurial leadership among Bridgewater students pursuing internships.

“Students who are exposed to exceptional circumstances through internships are far more likely to ask that all-important question of ‘why not?’ ’’ Ricciardi said, quoting from a famous speech by Robert Kennedy. “That’s the key question that not only leads to personal success but makes our world a better place.’’

Ricciardi was first named to the school’s board of trustees in 1989 as alumni representative and served as chairman from 1990 to 1994. In 2004, he was renamed to the board and has been its chairman since 2006. He was elected by his fellow state university board chairs in 2009 to serve on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and has been vice chairman of that board since March 2010.

Ricciardi also cochaired the institution’s first-ever capital campaign, which reached its $10 million goal. He also helped lead a fund-raising effort to build the Alumni Park Baseball and Softball Complex. He is also founder of the Michael J. Ricciardi Memorial Scholarship, named after his late father, and the Dr. Thomas M. Curley Humanities Scholarship.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Paul M. Doherty of Quincy was named an account executive with Flagraphics Inc., which offers custom textile solutions for architects, interior designers, retailers, and other customers. Previously, Doherty was sales director and founder of Proforma Flag & Banner in Newton. He is also the president and CEO of the Quincy Youth Football League.

Sara Callard of Quincy was named development coordinator for Voice of the Faithful, a worldwide organization of Roman Catholics that helps survivors of clergy sexual abuse and is working to include a greater voice for non-ordained faithful in church governance.

Callard, with more than 10 years of fund-raising experience, now coordinates the group’s major donor efforts, direct mail appeals, e-mail solicitations, and grant writing. She had worked as a development consultant to clients that include Father Bills & MainSpring, which helps the homeless in the Boston area, and was development director at Forbes House Museum in Milton.

Janet LaBerge of Pembroke was installed as president of the board of directors at the South Shore Women’s Business Network in Hanover, at the group’s annual “Celebration’’ dinner, held at the Lantana in Randolph. She is owner of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, a clean-up and removal service. In her talk before the group, LaBerge praised members for embracing the group’s year-long community-service campaign, “Moving Forward, Giving Back,’’ that was created in January to mark the network’s 20th anniversary.

Other board members installed were: George Boerger of Kingston; Adam Cupples of Marshfield; Loraine Fields of Hanover; Jackie Hurstak of Whitman; Christy Kendrick of Plymouth; Stacy Mafera of Quincy; Terri Martini of Scituate; Marguerite Salvucci of Rockland; Alison Schirone of Hanson; and Judy Walsh-Rodriguez of Weymouth.

The group presented four scholarships of $1,000 each to women 35 and older who are making a career change, with the awards made through the Massachusetts Educational Foundation Inc. South Shore resident Heidi DeCourcey of Kingston, who is attending Cape Cod Community College to become a nurse, earned one of the scholarships.

Rachelle Kulak of Hingham was promoted to project manager at Quincy-based Hill & Partners, a trade show exhibit-design firm. In this expanded role, Kulak, who joined the company last year as associate project manager, provides daily support of specific client accounts, serving as primary point of contact. She was formerly employed by Bay State Community Services in Quincy as a community service provider.

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