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Robert De Vincenzi ’76, an economics and business administration major, lost his class ring on a 1977 trip with buddies to the Bahamas. Thirty-five years later, after losing his Staten Island home to Hurricane Sandy, Robbie got the surprise of his life: A couple from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, had found his ring on the beach while honeymooning in the Bahamas. They had the ring cleaned, found Robert’s name inscribed on the inside, and called Wagner’s Alumni Office. Staffer Rebecca Colucci tracked Robert down (his phone was out of order after Sandy) and reunited him with his ring on 12/12/12 (Dec. 12, 2012). There were multiple print and broadcast stories produced about the incredible ray of hope that pierced the storm clouds in the life of alumnus Robert De Vincenzi — from The Southeast Missourian and KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, to the Advance and a couple of New York City local TV news affiliates, to Fox News and the Daily Mail of London. You’ll find all of them on this Web page.


Nov. 9 — New York Times sports writer Jonathan Zeller wrote this inspiring story about how our football team, led by Walt Hameline, had prepared for a big game on Nov. 3 in Albany in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy — even while those athletes were pitching in on Staten Island relief efforts. READ

Nov. 11 — The front page of the Sunday Advance was devoted to a story package about the many helping hands volunteering for relief work on Staten Island — including Wagner Cares, a program spearheaded by President Guarasci and SGA President Greg Balaes. READ

Nov. 11 — The Press of Atlantic City ran a story about Bridgeton native (and Seahawk football player) Dominique Williams and the entire football team’s involvement in Sandy relief work. READ

Nov. 16 — Wagner College’s men’s lacrosse team was just one of the college lacrosse teams whose Hurricane Sandy relief efforts were profiled by Inside Lacrosse magazine. READ

Dec. 1 — Fox News local affiliate WNYW-TV aired a story about the work Wagner College physician assistant students were doing in a Staten Island shelter for victims of Hurricane Sandy. (Please excuse the quality of the video; it was shot with a home video camera as the story aired on a television set.) WATCH


Oct. 22 — Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, wrote on opinion essay for The Atlantic magazine following the first presidential debate, proffering an interesting proposal: “Everyone hates the moderators — so let’s just get rid of them.” READ

Oct. 26 — An op-ed essay by the Carey Institute’s Joshua Spivak on “That Pesky Electoral College,” published just a few days before the 2012 presidential election, ran in several papers: the Los Angeles Times, the Savannah Morning News, the Tallahassee Democrat and the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald. READ

Nov. 6 — Joshua Spivak provided his special brand of historical perspective for this essay on the closely divided electorate, “The ’80s Want Their Politics Back – the 1880s,” published in the New York Times’ “Campaign Stops” blog. READ

Spivak wrote a series of op-ed essays that were published in The Week magazine in late December and early January:

  • Dec. 17 — Joshua Spivak asks, “Why does Obama keep raiding the Senate for his cabinet.” READ
  • Dec. 18 — The death of Senator Daniel Inouye, president pro tem of the U.S. Senate, prompted Joshua Spivak’s essay, “Why the U.S. Must Change its Presidential Succession Rules.” (The president pro tem of the Senate is third in line for the succession, after the speaker of the house and the vice president.) READ
  • Dec. 28 — Joshua Spivak looks to history for perspective on John Boehner’s upcoming fight for reelection as speaker of the house. READ
  • Jan. 14 — Joshua Spivak considered the historic record in his examination of “Why Democratic presidents keep choosing Republicans as their defense chiefs.” READ


Sept. 30 — Staten Island Advance arts editor Michael J. Fressola previews the Wagner College Theatre’s upcoming Sondheim revue by interviewing director Drew Scott Harris. READ

Oct. 3 — Broadway World announced the opening of “Spring Awakening” in Wagner’s Stage One studio theater. READ

Oct. 24 — Broadway World announced the opening of the Wagner College Theatre production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” READ

Nov. 15 — The Advance Weekly Entertainment tab featured the renovated Main Stage auditorium in Main Hall on its cover, and Wagner College Theatre student (and Advance newsroom intern) Eric Petillo wrote a story about the Main Hall restoration project that had just concluded. READ

Nov. 16 — Broadway World announced Wagner College Theatre’s upcoming production of “School for Lies” in the Stage One studio theater. READ

Nov. 25 — Advance arts editor Michael J. Fressola wrote a preview of Stage One’s “School for Lies” for the Sunday Arts section. READ


Oct. 9 — President Richard Guarasci and Scott Warren wrote an article for the Huffington Post, “Restoring the Civic Mission of Higher Education.” READ

Oct. 12 — Wagner College trustee chairman Warren Procci and President Richard Guarasci appeared in a captioned photograph highlighting the previous day’s rededication of the restored Main Hall. READ

Oct. 13 — The Advance ran this story on the gala fundraiser held on Friday, Oct. 12 to commemorate Richard Guarasci’s 10th anniversary as president. READ

Nov. 5 — Crain’s New York Business editor Judith Messina tapped President Guarasci for his insights on college costs for her story, “Tuition Gulf is Widening.” READ


Sept. 30 — Advance arts editor Michael J. Fressola reviewed Griselda Healy’s new exhibition in the Wagner College Gallery. READ

Oct. 4 — The Staten Island Advance included Wagner history professor Lori Weintrob on its panel of experts to provide perspective on the first presidential debate between Obama and Romney. READ

Oct. 18 — CBS Sports’ “Eye on College Basketball” blog profiled the new Seahawks men’s basketball coach, Bashir Mason. READ

Oct. 19 — The Advance Jewish Life page featured a series of presentations, “Film and the American Jewish Experience,” to be presented this academic year by Wagner College’s Chai Society. READ

Oct. 24 — New York 1 aired a story on the exchange agreement between Wagner College and Israel’s Kibbutzim College. WATCH

Dec. 28 — Advance report Deborah Young called upon Wagner College economics professor Mary Rose Leacy for expert perspective in a story on the potential impact of the “fiscal cliff” facing the federal government. READ

Jan. 3, 2013 — The Pottstown, Pa. Mercury, hometown newspaper of Wagner College graduate student and fifth-season football player Steve Ciocci, profiled his record of volunteerism and leadership. “Even though Ciocci was named to the All-NEC first team as an offensive lineman and played in last month’s third annual FCS Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C., his greatest honor — on or off the football field — was being selected to the Allstate American Football Coaches Association’s Good Works Team and working with youngsters over the past week as part of the 79th annual Sugar Bowl festivities,” wrote reporter Don Seeley. READ

Jan. 14 — Advance reporter Tracy Porpora wrote about the progress achieved in enhancing traffic safety on Grymes Hill after the tragic death of Wagner College nursing student R.J. Tillman last year in a hit-and-run incident on Howard Avenue. The progress has been due mostly to the efforts of a group spearheaded by Wagner Magazine editor Laura Barlament. READ


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