Dr. James Evans, Jr. and Dr. Gail Ricciuti to retire

In a statement to students, staff and faculty, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle announced the retirements of esteemed faculty members Dr. James Evans, Jr. and Dr. Gail Ricciuti at the conclusion of the current academic year.

Dr. McMickle's statement reads:

Dear Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that I announce the retirements of esteemed faculty members Dr. James Evans, Jr. and Dr. Gail Ricciuti at the conclusion of the current academic year. Dr. Evans and Dr. Ricciuti have served CRCDS selflessly and with distinction for many years and although I am saddened knowing we are bidding them farewell, I am delighted for them both in reaching such a wonderful milestone.

The Board of Trustees has granted both Dr. Evans and Dr. Ricciuti the title of Professor Emeritus in recognition of their service. The Board has also granted Dr. Evans the additional title of President Emeritus in recognition of his time as president of CRCDS. Upon retirement, both Dr. Evans and Dr. Ricciuti will serve CRCDS as adjunct faculty and both will retain offices here on campus.

We will formally celebrate their retirements at the Distinguished Alumni/ae Dinner during the Spring Lectures and Reunion. I hope you consider joining us on that evening for what promises to be a wonderful event. In the meantime, please join me in extending our gratitude to Dr. Evans and Dr. Ricciuti for their many years of distinguished service to the CRCDS community. Congratulations to them both as they begin this exciting new phase of their journeys.


Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D.
To read about Dr. Evans and Dr. Ricciuti, please see their abbreviated bios here:

Dr. James Evans, Jr., Dr. Gail Ricciuti






CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle guest panelist on WXXI's "Connections" with Evan Dawson

Part of the Democrat and Chronicle's "Unite Rochester" team, of which CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle is a member, joined WXXI's radio host Evan Dawson on November 17, 2015 to talk about racism, diversity and what it means to be an open and integrated society.

"Connections" guests included "Unite Rochester" members Rachel DeGuzman and Thomas Warfield, Jim Morris, resettlement director of the Catholic Family Center, and Julie Philipp, senior engagement editor at the Democrat & Chronicle.

To hear the podcast in its entirety, click here: http://wxxinews.org/post/connections-unite-rochester-challenge






Peter H. Abdella, CRCDS Trustee, Recipient of the Daily Record's Leaders in Law Award

CRCDS Trustee Peter H. Abdella, Esq., received the Leaders in Law Award at the Rochester, NY Daily Record's  Attorneys of the Year Ceremony on November 5, 2015.

The Leaders in Law Award honors members of the legal community who have shown tremendous dedication to the legal profession and selfless, tireless commitment to the community.

Mr. Abdella is a 10-year partner in the firm Harter Secrest & Emery LLP and has been with the firm since 1987. A member of the litigation group, he specializes in commercial and construction-related litigation.

CRCDS congratulates Peter on this prestigious recognition. Please join us as we give thanks for Peter and for the many gifts he shares with CRCDS and the greater Rochester community.

Read a Daily Record profile about Mr. Abdella here:

PHA Daily Record Leaders in Law Article 11 05 15






CRCDS 2015 Fall Phonathon a success!


Lori Vail

Thank you to all the CRCDS alumni/ae and friends who responded so generously during the 2015 Fall Phonathon!

Our six day effort resulted in over $30,000 of pledged support for The Fund for CRCDS, surpassing last year's total by almost $4,000.

The Phonathon is critical to the success of the annual Fund for CRCDS. Support raised through the Phonathon provides essential resources for our students as they answer God’s call to serve. We sincerely thank everyone in the CRCDS community for their continued generous support of the school and its mission.

You make the CRCDS education possible!

A big “Thank You” to the following Alumni/ae, Students, Staff, Faculty, Trustees and Friends, who volunteered to make calls this year. Their dedication to CRCDS and its mission helped make this year a tremendous success!

Jim Braker (CRDS ’58)
Susan Braun (Staff Member)
Mark Brummitt (Faculty Member)
Polly Bush (Staff Member)
Mark DeVincentis (Staff Member)
Ken Dodgson (CRDS ’49)
Sally Dodgson (CRDS ’84)
GP Dickerson-Hanks
Kenneth Dodgson (CRDS ‘49)
Sally Dodgson (CRDS ‘84)
Michael Ford (CRCDS ’12 and Trustee)
Rebecca Hazard (Spouse of Student)
Jim Heinlein (Staff Member)
Katrina Hebb (Student)
Pete Henderson (Life Trustee)
Doug Hess (CRCDS ’10)
Barbara Hessdoerfer (Staff Member)
Robert Hoggard (Student)
Donald Lawrence (CRDS ’65)
Winston Lewis (Student)
Andrea Mason (Staff Member)
Barbara Moore (CRDS ’89 and Faculty Member)
Melissa Morral (CRCDS ’05 and Staff Member)
Marge Nead (Staff Member)
Mary Ann Obark (Student)
Gail Ricciuti (Faculty Member)
Stephanie Sauvé (CRDS ’95 and Administration)
Doug Tyson (Staff Member)
Lori Vail (Student)
Marsha Wenhold (Student)
Pat Wheelhouse (Student)
Delores Wynn (CRCDS ’03)


Katrina Hebb


Michael Ford


Ken and Sally Dodgson


Robert Hoggard

View CRCDS 2015 Fall Lectures online

Thank you to all who attended Fall Lectures, October 5-8, 2015. If you missed them, please visit the CRCDS Media YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CRCDSMedia

Fall Lectures uploaded for viewing include:
“Veterans, Moral Injury & Soul Repair”
Rita N. Brock, Ph.D.

African American Legacy Lecture: “Challenging Disabilities: Theories, Themes and Trials”
Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher, Ph.D.

Christian Faith and LGBT Experience
Chris Hilderbrant & Gregory Girard, co-presenters

The Gene Bartlett Lecture: “We Lived by Not Noticing: Re-Imaging the Text in a Disabled Culture”
Gail Riccuiti, D.D.

The Gene Barlett Lecture: “Knapsack Artistry and the Accessible Text”
Gail Riccuitti, D.D.

To view the Gene Bartlett chapel service with guest preacher, Dr. Gail Ricciuti, please click here:


Save the Date: March 28-31, 2016!

 CRCDS Spring Lectures, "Wisdom is found among the aged: Come Seek Wisdom" 

Highlights include:

  • Class of 1966 50th Reunion Dinner
  • Stanley I. Stuber Lectures with Dr. Leonard Sweet
  • Distinguished Alumni/ae Dinner
  • J.C. Wynn Lecture with Dr. Amy Hanson
  • Christian Faith & LGBT Experience Film and Discussion
  • African American Legacy Lecture with Dr. Dorothy Smith-Ruiz

Details and registration will be available on our website soon.