Rit DiVenere ’67, 50 Years of Loyalty to Saint Michael’s…and Counting!
Rit DiVenere's association with Saint Michael's College and the Society of Saint Edmund spans more than 50 years. Highly endorsed by former students from his Bristol, Connecticut high school, he and two classmates arrived at Saint Mike's for a campus interview and were warmly greeted by faculty, staff and students.
Freshman year created lasting friendships, and the faculty influence of a Catholic liberal arts education remains with him today. He recalls, in particular, business professor George Fortune, humanities professor Ed Pfeifer, English professor Fr. Joe Waite S.S.E., psychology professor Fr. Lorenzo D'Agostino S.S.E. and soccer coach "Doc" Citarella.
"My entire family graduated from Saint Michael's," says Rit. "My wife, Nancy '85, and children, Jennifer '92, Derek '94 and Brett '99, were all greatly influenced by professors Norb Kuntz, Vince Bolduc, Barry Krikstone, and administrators Lou DiMasi and John Sheehey '70."
Rit never really "left" Saint Michael's. He became involved in alumni programs after graduation serving as Hartford chapter president before joining the staff as alumni director in 1973. His responsibilities included nourishing relationships with alumni and parents enriched by the Saint Michael's experience. As vice president, he fundraised for the needs and objectives of the College, ensuring future students a Saint Michael's education. Throughout his 37-year career, and after retiring in 2010, he met with hundreds of alumni who held Saint Michael's close to their hearts, generously supporting the College's volunteer and fundraising efforts.
A regular contributor to the annual fund, Rit increased his gifts for capital campaigns to support scholarship and building programs. Giving was planned with Nancy, utilizing tools that had tax benefits for both the College and themselves. He made gifts through payroll deduction, appreciated stock and an insurance policy, while also including Saint Michael's in his will. For his 50th Reunion in 2017, he and Nancy have determined that the best way to maximize their giving will be through a gift of stock and a life insurance policy.
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