Alumni, Archival photographs, Sisters of the Presentation of Mary

Travel…With a Mission

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” –Confucius

Those of us who are fortunate enough to travel to other parts of the world, do so for many reasons.  In 1996 and 1997, Sr. Jacqueline LeBlanc (then head of Campus Ministry) led Mission trips to Haiti, where she and the group ministered to the poor and the ill.

There are two photo albums in the Archives detailing this trip:  The participants saw unimaginable illness, devastation and poverty….yet they also found love, friendship and beauty at every turn.  Below are just a few photos from these trips:


Archival photographs, Special events

Star Struck

“Celebrities are just like anyone else….they put their pants on one leg at a time…” …this is certainly true, but even the most self-possessed among us must admit some level of admiration for their talents and experiences.  Have you ever met a celebrity?  What was that experience like?

Back in the 1990s, Rivier hosted or sponsored a number of famous folks for our community.  Here are just a few of those special events.  Enjoy!

Billy Joel provided “An Evening of Questions and Answers….and a Little Music” on May 2, 1996.
George Carlin brought his unique comedy act to Nashua on November 21, 1996.
Ted Williams attended the Tamposi Dinner in 1997.
Rivier sponsored this LL Cool J concert in 1998.
Maya Angelou visited Rivier in 1999 and spoke about her life experiences.
Archival photographs, Past and present


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

Traditionally, a university’s archway serves as a threshold, both literally and metaphorically.  Step through those gates, and you are welcomed on to the physical campus…and you begin whatever journey is meant for you.

We welcomed our students for the Fall 2017 semester last week. We hope that each of them feels comfortable and accepted as they each begin their respective paths in life.

Here is a look at Rivier’s original “welcome sign.”

The Rivier College Arch at its original location, circa 1941. This was taken before the City of Nashua widened the Daniel Webster highway. Resurrection Chapel is on the right hand side, behind the trees; Madeleine Hall is visible behind the car.
In 2014, the original arch was relocated to the entrance of our beautiful Sunken Garden
Archival photographs, Sisters of the Presentation of Mary

A Safe Place to Learn

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

At first glance, this is a simple newsclipping from 1957.  It seems to be an ordinary photo of Sr. St. Ida instructing two students.  But if you read the caption, you will learn that these two students arrived at Rivier not simply to pursue professional goals, but to seek a safe haven from terror.

Far from being nondescript, this snapshot truly exemplifies the Sisters’ mission of “Transforming Hearts and Minds to Serve the World.”

Sister Ida and Hungarian Refugees

Archival photographs, Lent, Past and present, Resurrection Chapel

Past and Present: Resurrection Chapel

“Create a clean heart in me, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”– Psalm 51.10

Crucifix at the Chapel, c. 1950

Ever since Rivier’s beginning, the chapel has served as a place of worship and prayer for students, sisters, faculty and staff alike. It was renovated twice; for the first time in 1963, and again in 2014.  The Lenten season seems like a perfect time to take a look at the chapel through the years.

Altar in the original chapel, c. 1950
Chapel Exterior, c. 1950, prior to first renovation.
Photo from first Chapel Renovations, c. 1963.  Hayward’s Ice Cream stand is in the background, right.  The barn / house on the left is where the Learning Commons currently stands.
Chapel Exterior, c. 1970
2017 chapel
Resurrection Chapel exterior, 2017


Archival photographs, Past and present, Regina Library

Past and present: The Regina Library



To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often. –Winston Churchill

Rivier University’s library was originally housed in Florence Hall until 1958, when the Regina Library was built.  Beginning in 2007, the library began building a new addition, which opened in June, 2008.


Over the years, the Regina Library has added space, resources and services; changes which have better helped it support the educational mission of Rivier University in its efforts to:

educate the whole person in the context of an academic community that cultivates critical thought, sound judgment and respect for all people. This community supports the intellectual growth of all its members while offering them opportunities for social, cultural, moral and spiritual development.