Alisha Taggart-Powell-Professional Photo

Alisha J. Taggart-Powell has been named Trocaire College’s coordinator for non-traditional occupations announced President Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D. 

In this newly created position, Taggart-Powell will focus on increasing the enrollment of underrepresented genders in Trocaire’s healthcare and technology career programs through targeted marketing and recruitment initiatives.  The goal of the position is to educate potential students and the community about opportunities for individuals in non-traditional career paths. 

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to recruit prospective students for rewarding careers in healthcare and science and technology,” said Taggart-Powell.

Taggart-Powell comes to Trocaire from the University at Buffalo where she was senior academic advisor in the School of Nursing.  She has held many leadership positions within the Western New York Community including past President of the Board of Directors for Prevention Focus Inc., Western Region Division Representative for the National Association of Social Workers and past Chair of the Policy Committee for Bethel Head Start. Taggart-Powell is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Buffalo. She currently serves on the Kenmore Merchants Association Discover Delaware Committee.

Taggart-Powell earned her Master in Social Work degree from the University at Buffalo.  She and her husband Rasheen have one son who is majoring in pharmacology at the University of Buffalo.  You can reach Alisha at or 716.827.2538.


Trocaire College and Mt. Mercy Academy have signed an agreement that will allow Mt. Mercy Academy junior and senior high school students the opportunity to jump start their college experience and earn college credits while still attending high school.  This new partnership builds upon previous collaborative efforts between the two institutions, both of which are Sisters of Mercy ministries.

Trocaire College academic programs included in this pilot program are: practical nursing, health information technology, medical assistant, nutrition & dietetics and massage therapy.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for neighboring educational institutions to collaborate on a joint venture,” noted Dr. Bassam M. Deeb, Trocaire College president.  “We are pleased to offer courses leading to a college certificate or degree to qualified Mt. Mercy Academy students.”

The initial pilot program will be limited to 20 participants and these students will have the opportunity to attend college-level courses currently offered at Mt. Mercy Academy as well as classroom and online courses taught by Trocaire College faculty.  Upon completion of their high school diploma, participants in this program will receive tuition discounts and preferential college enrollment to Trocaire for the programs included in this partnership.

Marketing of this new venture and identification of those students who will participate in this program will take place over the next several months.   Mt. Mercy students will begin their college classes with the Summer 2014 semester.

“We are very excited about this initiative in partnership with Trocaire College,” says Sister Mary Ellen Twist, President of Mount Mercy Academy. “The pilot program provides a continuum of opportunities for our students on their way toward careers. So many girls are considering healthcare careers and are eager to take advantage of our  supportive relationships with the Mercy ministries of Trocaire College and Mercy Hospital, both of which are right on our block.”

This new partnership maximizes the use of resources and opportunities through a variety of innovative approaches. Trocaire College and Mt. Mercy Academy will meet regularly to review partnership roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for expanding their partnership.

Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs.  Trocaire’s main campus is located at 360 Choate Avenue in Buffalo and the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business location is on Transit Road in Williamsville.

IMG_5289For this blog story, we decided to check out one of Western New York’s newest hot spots, The Woodshed, a locally owned and operated restaurant by one of our very own.  You may remember this former student from another blog story when he won an educational trip of a lifetime to the National Restaurant Association Conference in 2011.

A 2012 hospitality management graduate, and a United States Air Force Veteran, Peter DelCotto decided to pursue his dreams and open his own restaurant on May 23, 2012.  Previously located in Boston, NY The Woodshed has a brand new location in Williamsville, NY.   The Woodshed specializes in American BBQ food in a casual family atmosphere.  The site is very comfortable, decorated with license plates, clever signage and American flair. With the option to sit at a booth, table or right at the bar, you can dine the way you want to dine.

After officially being in operation for only a year, Peter won the New York State Veteran Entrepreneur of the year.  The award is so prestigious that the White House flew a flag in his honor for the day.  He was later presented with the flag and the formal award at the awards ceremony at the Niagara Falls Convention Center.  Peter stated, “I couldn’t believe I was up there receiving that award.  I took a pipe dream and made it a reality.  I had every obstacle there was in my way, but I’m telling you the obstacles can be overcome.”

IMG_5331If you are wondering about the food, we had the pleasure of trying various dishes during our time at the woodshed and take it from us, it did not disappoint! We sampled pulled pork, pork quesadillas, and a beef brisket sandwich which were all fabulous choices!  We give the cornbread and  and sweet potato fries a rating of “out of this world.”  The meat is on a entire new level as well, its been smoked for hours giving that extra kick in flavor while the consistency is still tender and moist!  Take a look at these mouth-watering meals in photo form below, or check out the online menu!


Pork Quesadillas


Beef Brisket Sandwich Served with Cornbread and Coleslaw


Pulled Pork with Coleslaw and Sweet Potato Fries

We also had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at some of the other delicious food at The Woodshed. Words cannot describe the deliciousness, so take a peek yourself!


1/2 Rack of St. Louis Ribs Dry Rubbed & Smoked with Baked Beans and Potato Salad


1/2 Chicken Dinner with Homemade Coleslaw and Cornbread


Pork Nachos with Shredded Cheese, Black Beans and Jalapenos


Jalapeno Poppers served with Spicy Mayo

If you want an insider view at the Woodshed, take a look at this video and jump to the 4:43 mark!  Then go ahead and make the trip over to 5445 Transit Road in
Williamsville, NY! Phone: (716) 276-8360 Website:


President Emeritus Sister Barbara Ciarico, RSM

5/27/1930 – 10/17/2013

It is with sincerest condolences and sadness that we notify you of the passing of President Emeritus Sister Barbara Ciarico, RSM.  Many alumni and friends have had the privilege of meeting Sister Barbara during her tenure as college president (1988-1998.)

Sister Barbara had a profound love for and impact on Trocaire College as a teacher, administrator, president, and president emeritus. Sister worked tirelessly for the college, the mission and most importantly, the students we serve.  Sister continued her donor relations ministry for Trocaire up until the last few years of her life.

Sister Barbara co-chaired Trocaire’s first joint capital campaign, “Support Hope,” with the Sisters of Mercy.  The Support Hope Campaign made it possible for Trocaire to extend its message to the greater Buffalo community.

We ask that you extend your thoughts and prayers to Sister Barbara, her family, and her community, the Sisters of Mercy.

Funeral Arrangements: Wake: Monday, October 21, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 8 p.m. Wake: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Funeral Mass at 4 p.m.

Both the Wake and Funeral Mass will be held at the Mercy Center, 625 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Trocaire College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list.  The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

IMG_0120“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly schools shows Trocaire College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for our veteran population,” said Brad Baumgardner, Trocaire College Veterans Coordinator.  “I am proud to be part of a great college community of student veterans and their families as we continue to find new and better ways to help them succeed.”  Trocaire College instituted an Office of Veterans Affairs in June 2011 to meet the needs of the growing veteran student population.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.  The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2014 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP.  Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs.  Trocaire’s main campus is located at 360 Choate Avenue in Buffalo and the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business location is on Transit Road in Williamsville.


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