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February • 2016 e-Newsletter



When your days on Southern Boulevard feel like part of your past…it’s time to come HOME!  With our 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend behind us, two 50th Anniversary events beckon our alumni to return and celebrate with us before this milestone year is over.



Terri is a product of K-12 Catholic education, having attended St. Peter School in Danbury and then graduating from Immaculate in 1993. She is the middle of three; her sister Jane graduated from Immaculate in 1989, and her sister Katy graduated in 1996. Terri’s mom, Rosemary Greene (pictured left with Gavin and Terri Henning) worked at Immaculate for six years, after having retired from Bethel High School.  Rosemary taught Latin, was the Guidance Director, and Dean of Students.

Terri recently graduated with her Ed.D. in Catholic Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit university in the heart of the city. In the winter of 2012, when she applied to the program at USF, she had never been to California, let alone San Francisco. However, that decision was life-changing. She flew every other weekend from her home in New Hampshire to San Francisco for three years!  She also spent six weeks each summer for three years while working on her degree, all the while working full-time. Terri shared that it was an intense schedule, but an incredible journey. 

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Chris Palmer, IHS '68 will be our Master of Ceremonies at our upcoming 50th Anniversary Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony, on March 5th! Chris is in his 24th year of coaching in the NFL and just completed his first year as the Senior Offensive Assistant of the Buffalo Bills. After playing as quarterback for Southern Connecticut State University, Chris went on to coach college football. Later, he moved on to coaching at nearly every professional level, including over two decades in the NFL with teams such as the Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans. Chris is an IHS Hall of Fame athlete and has been a longtime supporter of Immaculate High School. We look forward to having Chris emcee our 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame ceremony on March 5th.



Maureen has been a perennial supporter of Immaculate athletics. She graduated from Immaculate High School in 1969, earned her B.S. in French and Masters in English from Western Connecticut State University. She returned to Immaculate’s English teaching staff in 1981 and became Chair of the English Department in 2005.

Over the past 35 years, Maureen has been a constant fixture at Immaculate sporting and fine arts events.  In addition to being a beloved teacher by students throughout the years, she has cheered at countless games and meets, both home and away. Over three decades of Immaculate High School athletes and coaches have found comfort, support and encouragement in seeing Maureen on the sidelines. She has taken thousands of pictures, helping to preserve the history of Immaculate’s athletic success through the years. Immaculate student-athlete Darius Smith comments, “Mrs. Arsenault’s constant presence at our games is a great example of how much Immaculate is like a family. We all appreciate her support and know how deserving she is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.” 


Nicole is accomplished former soccer player for the Mustangs. After transferring to Immaculate High School in 2002. she got more than she ever could have expected including, “three seasons of memories with teammates and coaches that will never be forgotten.” 

Over her three-year soccer career at Immaculate, Nicole helped lead her team to 3 state championship titles.  She was awarded MVP of the State Tournament in 2003.  In 2004, Baker was awarded All-SWC, All-State and All-New England honors. As a captain in 2005, she was again named to the All-SWC, All-State and All-New England teams.

When a rash of injuries forced Baker into a premature departure from the field, she redirected her passion for athletics into an academic career.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Springfield College in 2011 and a Masters of Science in Advanced Athletic Training from Ohio University in 2013. Nicole’s work with injured athletes has driven her to pursue a more advanced medical career. She is currently a student at Quinnipiac University’s Physician Assistant School.  Baker was recently awarded the Navy’s Health Services Collegiate Program Scholarship and was sworn into the United States Navy on February 12, 2016, where she will serve as a Physician Assistant upon completion of her degree.


 Moira was an accomplished basketball player for the Mustangs.  She was a 4-year Varsity basketball player at Immaculate, during which time the team played in 2 Class M state championships, 4 WCC championships and won the WCC title in 1992.  She scored an astounding 1,250 points and pulled down 2,095 rebounds, during her career as a Mustang.

She was a captain during her junior and senior year, and was acknowledged as one of the top 15 players in the state by Connecticut Post during her senior year.  Moira was a 3-time All-WCC selection and 3-time All-State selection.  During her high school years, she was also named to the AAU Connecticut Junior Olympic Team. Finney also played Varsity softball for two years, before dedicating her time to basketball year-round.

During her college years, Finney was a 4-year member of the Lehigh University Women’s Basketball team.  She captained the 1997 team, winning the Patriot League title and receiving the first automatic NCAA bid for the team. During her senior year, she ranked 4th in the Patriot League for blocks and 5th in the school history for career rebounds.


Amanda was a soccer star for the Mustangs. She was admired for her leadership, as well as for her small-frame defensive soccer skills. Amanda graduated from Immaculate High School in 2006, earning 3 consecutive girls soccer state championship titles as a Mustang. Her skills as a defender led to being selected to the All-State team in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She was also named to the All-SWC team in 2004 and 2005 and Second Team All-New England in 2005. 

After graduating from Immaculate, Johnson went on to play college soccer for one year at Central Connecticut State University, before transferring to Western Connecticut State University in 2007. At WCSU, Johnson started as a sophomore, playing sweeper. She made it to the Final Four with the Colonials during her first year on the team.  She made the Little East Conference Team in 2007, 2008 and 2009, All-New England in 2008 and 2009 and was recognized as the Most Valuable Player for the Colonials during her senior year. She was nominated for Female Athlete of the Year for Women’s Soccer and was inducted into the WCSU Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.



Paul is a former football standout for the Mustangs. He began playing football for the Danbury Vikings at the age of 11, with his first position being an offensive guard and linebacker. As a freshman at Immaculate, Paul played the fullback position on offense and linebacker on defense. In the first game of his high school career, he scored 7 touchdowns, cementing his position at fullback. As a junior, Paul rushed for 700 yards in a game vs. Masuk, earning him the Burger King Most Valuable Player award. During the ’84 season, he was selected for the Danbury News Times All Area Team and the All-WCC Defensive Team at linebacker. Paul was a captain his senior year, beating Bethel to win the WCC title, rushing for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He was named to the All-WCC First Team Offense, The News-Times All-Area Team and Sunday Post Class A Second Team Offense as running back, finishing in third place among the top area scorers with 12 touchdowns.

After graduating from Immaculate in 1986, Paul went on to play two years of football for Columbia University, where he started at fullback on both the freshman and varsity team.



The 1986 state championship football team, led by coach Robert Slavinsky, posted an undefeated record, shutting out seven of their twelve opponents. Led by captains Jeff Deldin, Jon Fenaroli, Joe Kohut and Tom Nichols the team won the WCC Championship, beating Masuk 14-0. The Mustangs then went on to defeat Derby in the Class S state championship game, 24-14. Slavinsky led the team to a memorable season for the Mustangs. Joined by assistant coaches, Bob Plumb, Ray Velez and Bob Benzing the team saw numerous players earning Class A First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention honors including, Jeff Deldin, Jim Caselnova, Nelson Mingachos, Jon Fenaroli, Joe Kohut, Tom Kelleher, Mike Lukianoff, Tom Nichols, Eric Gleissner, Mike Dougherty and Rick Werdann.

Head Coach – Robert Slavinsky

Assistant Coaches – Bob Plumb, Ray Velez, Bob Benzing and Bryan Deane
Trainer – Mike Pascuzzi '70  

Keith Bliss ’87

Tom Kelleher ’87     

Jim Caselnova ’87

Joe Kohut ‘87                                   

Ralph Craft ’89

Kurt Leiss ‘87                       

John Cramer ’87

Mike Lukianoff ‘87   

Sean Davis ’88

Patrick Mains ‘89

Jeff Deldin ’87          

Tom McCarthy ‘87

Chris Detje ’89

Nelson Mingachos ‘89

Chris Dodge ‘87

Bill Murphy ‘87

Mike Dougherty ’87

Tom Nichols ‘87

Jon Fenaroli ’87

George (Ted) Northrup ‘89

Tom Ginty ’88

John O’Hara ‘89

Eric Gleissner ’87

Bernie Reidy ‘89

Jeff Goethals ’89

Bob Schlichtig ‘89

John Haase ’87

Brian Schnitta ‘89

Andre Hauser ’88

Scott Skidmore ‘89               

John Hickey ’87

Craig Sollose ‘89       

Greg Johnson ’89

Craig Summy ‘87                 

Dave Kase ’87          

John Vitti ‘87            

Dan Keefe ’88          

Steve Warner ‘88     

James Keenan ’87

Rick Werdann ‘87


Whether you met in homeroom, at a school dance, or at a reunion years later, your connection to Immaculate High School is what brought you together.  Help us celebrate some of our countless “Mustang Mates," pictured below!”  If you would like to share your photo and story, please email  #MustangMates

Jimmy ’90 & Nicole (Randazzo) ’89 Cipriani


Dan ‘07 & Samantha (Mingione) ‘07 Murtha


Scott ’81 and Marianne (Urkiel) ’81 Mitchell

Dan ’80 and Marge (Storm) ‘80 Spinella


Mike ’80 and Liz (Dolce) ’81 Lynch

Marty ’79 and Jennifer (Brockelman) ’79 Lynch

Scott Banning ’87 and Jeannie Coleman ‘88



Please visit to register by midnight on Monday, 2/29. We invite all members of the IHS family to join us for this special opportunity to celebrate 50 years of Mustang Pride! If you would like to place a congratulatory ad in our Hall of Fame program book, please email by Tuesday, 3/1, or visit and click the RSVP NOW button to place your ad.


We look forward to our first 50th reunion! The Class of ’66 has booked the event at the Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury for Saturday, June 4th. All ’66 graduates will be invited to join us for Immaculate’s 50th Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday evening, June 1st at which time you will receive your golden diplomas. Stay tuned for more information. We ask all '66 graduates to please update your contact information by clicking here, so that we can keep you informed of all of the details.

We are also seeking organizers for the Classes of '91, '01, '06 and '11 reunions.  Please email if you are interested in helping to plan your reunion. The Classes of '71, '76, '81, '86 and '96 have plans in the works...stay tuned!



Save the Date and plan on joining us for the 50th Anniversary Golden Gala Celebration Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Amber Room Colonnade! Our 50th Anniversary Golden Gala Celebration, is an amazing event with fun activities, dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing! Join us Saturday, April 2, 2016, as we honor Anthony M. Rizzo, Jr. with the Nancy K. Dolan Leadership Award and George F. Landegger with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Many alumni attend this annual event.  We hope that the 50th Anniversary celebration will bring an increased number of alumni back for this special celebration.


We look forward to inviting many alumni back for our 2016 Career Day, scheduled for Friday, April 8th. In order to provide our students with a diverse array of career fields and shared experiences, we invite those interested in speaking about their careers at this year's event, to please contact Denise Suarez, Director of Alumni Relations at

Welcome Class Reps

We extend a warm welcome to some new Class Representatives who have stepped forward to take the reigns for their class, as representatives in the IHS Alumni Association.  Please help us to welcome: 

Ron Gleissner, ’86 Class Rep

Jack Bouffard and Erin Maguire, ’93 Class Reps

Melissa Lopes, ’02 Class Rep

Meghan Rudolf, ’15 Class Rep

Would you be interested in joining the Immaculate High School Alumni Association as a Class Representative?  The Association is a very active body of alumni that meets monthly to do the work of sustaining the mission of serving our alma mater, while serving each other.  It is an exciting time in our association and our school. We would love for you to be a part of it!  We are currently seeking Class Reps from the following classes:  ’67, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’73, ’75, ’78, ’80, ’82, ’85, ’89, ’90, ’92, ’95, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’04, ’05, ’09, ’12, and ’14.  If interested in joining our group (note: you do not need to attend every meeting), please contact our Director of Alumni Relations at We have a great team and would love to welcome you to the group!

Please share alumni news with us (career, marriage, baby, award, graduation, etc.) by emailing the Director of Alumni Relations at

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 5
50th Anniversary Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony
Ethan Allen Hotel • 6:30pm
Register today by clicking here!

Monday, March 21
7:30 p.m. - IHS Conf. Room 
Alumni Association Meeting

Saturday, April 2
The Golden Gala
Amber Room Colonnade

Friday, April 8
Career Day



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