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September 24, 2009

SFC Academic Center Dedicated to Frank & Mary Macchiarola

Board of Trustees Honors Couple for Hard Work & Dedication

It was at last year’s Spring Commencement when then St. Francis College Board of Trustees Chairman Brendan J. Dugan ’68 surprised Frank J. ’62 and Mary Macchiarola with the announcement that the College’s new Academic Center would be adorned with their names in honor and appreciation of their commitment and contributions to the College. Now, as President of the College, Mr. Dugan formally dedicated the Frank and Mary Macchiarola Academic Center with a special celebration on Friday, September 25.

“Today is a piece of heaven because I see here people who I love, admire and respect and rely on. You’ve all been very generous to me and the school,” said Dr. Macchiarola, the current Chancellor of the College. “The naming of the building - that's pretty neat… It has a library. It has a communications center. It has the heart and soul of what this school is about. It is a facility for our students. That you named it for Mary and for me is a wonderful honor.”

“All of you have been an integral part of what’s happening today. You are the ones who have been with us along the journey,” added Mary Macchiarola. “You have made our lives journey so wonderful, so meaningful.”

The event was emceed by current St. Francis Board of Trustees Chairman John F. Tully ’67 and attended by more than 300 people, including numerous St. Francis College alumni, Board of Trustees members, elected officials and friends. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblywoman Joan Millman and State Senator Daniel Squadron each addressed the audience, while Assembly Members Joe Lentol, Alan Maisel and Helene Weinstein as well as City Councilman Eric Ulrich ‘07 offered their well wishes and


Frank Macchiarola served as the St. Francis College President for 12 years before becoming the College’s Chancellor a title he first held for five years heading up the New York City Public School System under Mayor Ed Koch. During his tenure at St. Francis, Dr. Macchiarola successfully built on the College’s rich Franciscan Tradition and led St. Francis into the 21st Century with fundraising and leadership that enabled the College to greatly expand scholarships and build, among other large-scale projects, the academic center that now bears his name.

In addition to the more than twenty years Mary T. Macchiarola spent as a kindergarten teacher and Director of Religious Education, she also devoted years supporting the students, faculty and administrators at St. Francis College with both time and money. She is also a member of the Alumnae Association of St. Joseph’s College, the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, the Brooklyn Diocesan Committee on Education (1990-1996), a Board Member of the Human Resources Committee of Catholic Charities (2004-Present), a member of the Advisory Board of Flatbush Catholic Academy (2006-2009) and a member of the Fontbonne Hall Academy Board of Trustees since 2005.

The work on the Academic Center was handled by Liv Art, Inc, headed by Amy Kasindorf and Al Mantaring who oversaw the project from the original graphic layout to the creation of full size masks and the chiseling and painting of the letters. Working precisely and methodically for 8 hours a day over the course of two weeks, Bob Carpenter handled most of the chiseling, with no room for error. The only way to fix any mistake is to ship another 300 pound piece of granite, remove the old one and start the meticulous work all over again.

Photos: (Macchiarola Grandchildren pulling down banner)
(From L-R: Brother William A. Boslet, Jesus Linares, Hector Batista, Orville W. Dale, Thomas J. Volpe, Charles E. Williams, Frank J. Macchiarola, John F. Tully, Mary Macchiarola, Barbara Dugan, Alan Maisel, Brendan J. Dugan, Daniel Squadron, Joan Millman, Marty Markowitz, Helen Weinstein)

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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