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Santa Rita Hall 307
Morristown, NJ 07960-6989

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Alumnae Honoree

Etta Marie Rizzuto, '51

Retired Health Sciences Educator

Alumnae Honoree - Etta Marie Rizzuto, '51Etta Marie graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 1951 with a B.A. degree. She was accepted into the medical program of Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospital for September 1952. In the interim, she accepted a fully paid scholarship from St. Mary's Hospital, Passaic in its School of Medical Technology, where she obtained enough credits for a B.S. degree and became a licensed member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and taught in its School of Nursing.

It was through her work with health sciences at Eastside High School from 1986 to 1989 that the program for the HARP Academy of Health Sciences in Paterson came to fruition. She was appointed an adjunct professor at UMDNJ, Scotch Plains and was the first high school adjunct professor to receive the Dean's Award in the spring of 2007.

In the spring of 2017, she received a New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award for Public Service - specifically, the BD® Paterson NJ Patriot Award for advancing the standard and quality of life in the city of Paterson.

Alumnae Honoree

Meghna Samant, '00

Director of Biostatistics and Project Lead at Roche/Genentech

Alumnae Honoree - Meghna Samant, '00Meghna earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2000 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. She quickly landed her dream job and joined Genentech, the world's first biotechnology company and a global leader in oncology research and medicines.

Meghna is passionate about drug development, especially in areas of high unmet need such as oncology. She has worked in the U.S. and in Basel, Switzerland covering all phases of clinical trials in oncology and a variety of cancers including breast, brain, and lung.

With a current focus on hematology, Meghna continues to help bring transformative medicines to patients in need and make a meaningful impact on the lives of cancer patients. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and loves to hike, travel, and spend time with her husband and their two young daughters.

Community Partner Honoree

William H. Connolly, Jr.

President and CEO of William H. Connolly & Co., LLC

Community Partner Honoree - William H. Connolly, Jr.Bill joined William H. Connolly & Co after his graduation from Fairfield University in 1969. He was named President in 1983, inheriting the title from his father, who founded the firm in the 1950s in Newark.

With a longstanding reputation for excellence and integrity, the firm grew in the post-WWII era and has evolved to provide specialized risk management services and insurance coverages to technology-driven manufacturers, healthcare institutions, biotechnology businesses, and service industries.

Bill has been a Trustee of St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark since 1987 and is currently serving as Board Chairman. In 2007, he began providing risk management solutions to the College of Saint Elizabeth.