Distinguished Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Since 1974, the USJ Alumni Association has presented the Distinguished Alumni Awards annually to outstanding alumni and University community members.  

2017 Event

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, May 18 on the University of Saint Joseph's West Hartford Campus. 

2017 Honorees:

amatangelo-kathleen-driscoll-75x75.jpgKathleen Driscoll Amatangelo ’62 of Barrington Hills, Ill., received the Pamela Trotman Reid Service Award recognizing an alumna or friend who has transformed the University through philanthropy and volunteerism. Since graduating in 1962, Amatangelo has maintained a strong relationship with, and unwavering commitment to, USJ. Currently a member of the Board of Trustees and the Task Force on Coeducation, she has provided generous donations to the University over the last 50 years, including the Amatangelo Gates at the campus’ Asylum Avenue entrances, the Frances Driscoll Box Office in Bruyette Athenaeum, and two stained glass windows in the Connor Chapel of our Lady. An attendee of every class reunion, Amatangelo has been a leader in creating the Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship.

Watch Kathleen's video here.


gaetti-maryanne-75x75.jpgMary Anne Gaetti ’62 of New York, NY, received the Mary Rosa McDonough Award for her distinction in journalism and media. Gaetti cracked the glass ceiling for women in the 1970s when she became a producer at ABC News during an era when accomplished women journalists were rare. Originally hired to cover the Iranian Crisis on “America Held Hostage,” which later became “Nightline,” she also covered breaking events, American elections, and the space shuttle. Gaetti attributes much of her success to her education and student experience at then Saint Joseph College, where she learned to think logically and deeply and express herself with confidence. 

Watch Mary Anne's video here.


hayes-jahana-75x75.jpgJahana Flemming Hayes M’12 of Wolcott, Conn., received the Sister Fay O’Brien School of Education Award for her leadership in education and commitment to the University. Hayes, who relentlessly pursued her goal to attend college and become a teacher, continued her education through advanced graduate studies at USJ. Her ability to ignite a passion for learning and community service in her students contributed to her being named the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the Waterbury Public Schools. She went on to be named 2016 CT Teacher of the Year and, ultimately, the National Teacher of the Year in May 2016.

Watch Jahana's video here


malerba-75x75.jpgMarilynn Roberge Malerba ’83, H'10, DNP of Niantic, Conn., received the Nightingale Health Science Award for her leadership in nursing. Now known as Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Mutawi Mutasash (Many Hearts) Malerba, she became the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe in August 2010, the first female Chief in the Tribe’s modern history. Malerba has spent many years working to ensure that all tribal members have health coverage. Before working for the Tribe, she had a distinguished career as a registered nurse, ultimately leading her to become director of Cardiology and Pulmonary Services at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn. Her career as a nurse and healthcare administrator, as well as her tribal leadership, reflects her commitment to compassionate service.

Watch Lynn's video here.