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2011 Alumni Awards Ceremony Honors Nine


Nichols College Incoming President Susan West Engelkemeyer  presented four alumni awards and inducted five into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner held in Daniels Auditorium on September 30th. The dinner kick offs Nichols Homecoming Weekend.


Honorary Alumnus Award
Patricia A. Hertzfeld

Pat Hertzfeld has been a member of the Nichols community since 1979, serving the College in a multitude of ways. Currently, she is the associate vice president for finance and controller, a position that has her responsible for business office functions of student accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, cash receipts, general ledger, purchasing, and assisting with budget planning and cash management. Hertzfeld also is the lead point person for the annual independent college financial audit. Outside of the business office, she is advisor to the SGA Investment Club and treasurer of the Faculty Association.

Prior to assuming her role as associate VP, she’s done many things across campus, most notably being an assistant and associate professor, when she taught courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, finance, and computer science. Hertzfeld has also served on numerous committees such as Rank and Appointments, Admissions, Academic Policy, and Academic Review. She also chaired the Faculty Senate and Curriculum Committee.

Hertzfeld resides in Putnam, Conn. She has a daughter, Mary, and son, Elon, and four grandchildren.

Ken Thompson Alumni Service Award
Raymond P. Faucher ’56

Ray Faucher’s commitment and dedication to Nichols College is undisputed. He was a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for many years, and has routinely served as a reunion volunteer for the Class of 1956. His late brother “Skip” ’50 and son Peter ’81 also attended Nichols. In 2004, Faucher endowed the Faucher Family Scholarship, which was established to help a deserving and motivated student from his hometown of Thompson, Conn.

Faucher is the retired president and chairman of the board of Superior Cake, Inc., located in Sturbridge, Mass, and has also spent time in the banking industry. He’s also been involved with numerous civic organizations, including the Thompson Zoning Board of Appeals, and Thompson Fire Department.

He resides in Thompson, and has six children, Kathy, Ray Jr., Pete, Karen, Susan, and Paul.

Alumni Achievement Award
David M. Balducci ’00

Dave Balducci began his career at McDonald’s as a crew member in 1994. After working up through the ranks, and becoming an owner operator in February 2006, he is now president of Sellia Corp., where he and four other family members own 12 McDonald’s locations across Worcester and Central Massachusetts. As president, he constantly engages with managers, supervisors, and corporate staff to maximize operations and develop ideas to build sales. Balducci also not only is in charge of increasing sales, but also building community relationships.

Balducci is a member of the Spencer Exchange Club. The club’s mission is to make a positive difference in the community by raising funds to donate to a variety of causes.

The recent Worcester Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipient currently resides in West Brookfield, Mass., with his wife, Barbara, and their children, Adrianna (7), Matteo (2), and Massimo (1).

Alumni Achievement Award
Lloyd M. Roth ’56

After receiving his ABA from Nichols in 1956, Lloyd Roth continued his education by attending The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He currently is the president and owner of the Tin Box Company, located in Farmingdale, N.Y. The company began operations in 1952 as Daher Limited, before becoming the Tim Box Company in 1980. Since then, they’ve set up operations in China and even have an office and showroom in Honk Kong, and a factory in Dongguan. As president, he is responsible for corporate planning, sales and product development. The Tin Box Company is the major company in the industry with special licensing agreements from well known entertainment and beverage companies, such as Coca-Cola and Disney. Their products can be found in major national chains, such as Wal-Mart, Target and CVS.

Roth is heavily involved with civic organizations, including Community Chest, March of Dimes, Tempo Group, as well as 15 different other charities.

He currently resides in Woodmere, N.Y. with his wife, Judy. They have three children, Michael, Jackie, and Fran.


John Cygielnik ’66

A four-year letter winner, Cygielnik was busy not only on the baseball diamond, but in the classroom and campus community as well. He was a member of the Accounting Club for four years, N Club for three years, and was active in the Radio Club and The Bison student newspaper.

Cygielnik batted .372 in his sophomore and junior seasons to help the Bison to a two-year mark of 31-2, which included an undefeated season (16-0) in NAIA play in 1964. He spent that summer in Falmouth as an outfielder for the Cape Cod League’s Commodores. At the conclusion of the 1965 season, Cygielnik was selected as a NAIA All-America Honorable Mention. He was a co-captain of the 1966 squad.

The Webster native, along with his wife, Mary Jane, has lived Shrewsbury for 30 years. The couple has two children, David (34) and Matthew (31). Cygielnik, who is now retired, spends his time as a member of the Shrewsbury Finance Committee.

Robert N. Reynolds ’76
Men’s Ice Hockey

Reynolds was a four-year letter winner and center for the hockey team. His best statistical season came in his sophomore year, when he led the team with career highs of 10 goals and 22 assists. In his freshman year, he finished fourth on the team with 26 points. Despite missing half his junior season, Reynolds ranked second in assists and fifth in goals.

Reynolds scored his 100th point on February 8, 1976, against Bryant, to become the second member of the 100-point club. In his career, he assisted 72 goals and amassed 105 points. He is currently seventh in assists and ninth in points among the Bison all-time leaders.

After Nichols, Reynolds spent several years with Currier Machine Company before earning his law degree from Quinnipiac University and practiced law for 21 years. In 2001, returned to the business sector and is now president of the consumer product company, Shake-Away, Inc., which manufactures organic animal repellent products.
Reynolds has been a volunteer coach for youth hockey teams in his hometown and enjoys golf and running. He resides in Hamden, Conn., with his wife, Cate. Reynolds has three sons, Bobby (27), Ryan (26), and Eli (2). Reynolds is expecting his fourth child, a daughter, in November.

F. Patrick Clarke ’77
Football and Lacrosse

A dual-sport athlete, Clarke earned four letters for football and four for lacrosse. He played defense in 35 football games during the stretch of four straight NEFC championships from 1973-1976. The era also marked the two best seasons in program history as the 1973 and 1976 squads each boasted an .889 winning percentage. Over the 1975 and 1976 season, Clark was an eight-time Defensive Back of the Week Award recipient, and was named the team’s most improved player for 1975 by Head Coach Michael Vendetti. In 1976, he led the team with six interceptions. As a team, the Bison recovered a record 23 fumbles that season and did not allow a passing yard versus Framingham State.

As a midfielder for the lacrosse team, he notched a goal in his junior and senior season. He found the back of the net against New England College in 1976 and UMass Lowell in 1977.

For the past 10 years, Clarke has been the executive vice president of sales at International Purchasing Systems, Inc. based in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. He recently retired as the president of the Amogerone Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 after 25 years.

Clarke and his wife, Sue Ellen, have four children, twins, Traci and Danny, Kelly and Jake. They reside in Cos Cob, Conn.

Kristine P. O’Coin ’03
Soccer and Basketball

O’Coin earned four letters over two years as a dual sport student-athlete for the Bison. The transfer from Framingham State left her mark at both institutions in the four-year span. For her collegiate basketball career, she poured in 1,672 points and grabbed 1,056 rebounds.

In a Nichols basketball uniform, she accumulated 908 points and 587 rebounds and ranked among the top 50 in points per game (18.2, 18.1), rebounds per game (10.8, 12.8), and field goal percentage (53.2%, 53.7%) for 2002-03 and 2004-04. In her senior campaign she held the ninth-best rebound-per-game average in Division III. In both years, she was named a CCC All-Conference First Team member.

In soccer, O’Coin is currently fifth all time in goals (34), assists (15), and fourth in points (83), as a Bison. She was also a member of the 2002 Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship team that helped Nichols secure its first NCAA Tournament berth in any sport. O’Coin was named to the CCC All-Conference team in 2002 and 2003.

The 11-year Special Olympics volunteer runs a day program for special needs adults at the Center of Hope in Southbridge, Mass. She is also the head volleyball coach at David Prouty High School in Worcester. O’Coin resides in Charlton.

Michael A. Carven ’06
Football and Lacrosse

Michael Carven won seven letters in his time with the Bison, four in football and three with lacrosse. He holds nine records on the all-time Nichols football list including most touchdown passes in a game (7) against Maine Maritime in 2003, most in a season (19), and most career touchdowns (40). He also connected on 307 completions for 4,619 career yards.

The quarterback and punter was named to numerous NEFC and Worcester Area Football Association lists including the WAFA Player of the Year in 2004 and NEFC Offensive Player of the Year in 2006. Within the Nichols Athletic Department, Carven was named his class’s Athlete of the Year twice and was the Hal Chalmers Award recipient in his final season.

As a lacrosse player, Carven started and played in 31 contests scoring 13 times and collecting nine assists for a total 22 points. He averaged just over 22 ground balls per season with a career high of 40 in 2003.

Following graduation, Carven spent time in law enforcement and had the distinction of working President Obama’s inauguration. In 2008-2009, he was assigned to a detail in the White House. Carven is currently a sales representative at Seaboard Products and resides in Dorchester, Mass.