Emily Crerand ’08 celebrated President Obama’s second term by attending the Inaugural Ball. Crerand, assistant to the chief of staff and intern coordinator to U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), relocated to Washington D.C. with Heitkamp after the senator’s election in November 2012. “The Inaugural Ball was incredible—one of the most memorable experiences in my life,” says Crerand. “I won’t lie, it was pretty cool to be in the same room as Stevie Wonder, Brad Paisley, the Obamas, and the Bidens. For me, that was the ultimate high—aside from winning one of the top- watched Senate races in the country.”
Crerand has just received Nazareth’s GOLD Alumni Award; read more about her.
New York’s Finger Lakes region has become well-known for its exceptional wines, one of which was served at the Presidential Inaugural Luncheon on January 21. “The 2010 Tierce Dry Riesling is a great collaboration of three wineries, Anthony Road, Fox Run, and Red Newt,” explains Ann Costello Martini ’66, owner of Anthony Road Winery. Another Nazareth alum, Tricia Renshaw ’93, serves as winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards. The wine was enjoyed by President Obama, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Cabinet. “It was quite an honor to have two New York State wines served at the luncheon, not only the Tierce but also a Long Island Merlot from Bedell Winery,” Martini says. “Now, wouldn’t it be great if our elected officials would collaborate the way our wineries have!”
Read more about both Martini and Renshaw in previous issues of Connections; Martini graced the cover of the Spring 2010 issue, and Renshaw was featured in the Summer-Fall 2012 issue.