Manhattan College Alumni Attribute Lasallian Education to their Work of Service

Manhattan College alumni have continued their work of service after their college days. Steve Smith and Stephanie Minister have been serving on the Board of Directors of the United States Foundation for the Children of Haiti (USFCH) since 2013. The organization works to “improve the lives of underprivileged and disabled children in Haiti by providing medical care, housing, and education.”

The two alumni were reunited 1,500 miles from their alma mater in Haiti and were reconnected thanks to their shared work for USFCH. Smith manages grant applications and Minister supports USFCH’s social media outlets. USFCH started as a single orphanage and has grown to aiding schools, hospitals, and their newest project, the Christian Institute for Technical Training (C-Tech). C-Tech will offer “programs in trades where there is a need for the technical skills in order to help graduates find employment when they complete their schooling.”

Smith and Minister attribute their dedication and desire to aid those in Haiti as “an extension of their Lasallian education and experiences at Manhattan and they encourage others to make any effort they can to help those in need.”

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Manhattan College Opens Student Run Fair Trade Store

Last spring, when students from Manhattan College’s School of Business were brainstorming potential group projects for the 2016-17 academic year, Dean Salwa Ammar, Ph.D. and Gwendolyn Tedeschi, Ph.D., brought up the idea of a student-run store focusing on selling fair trade products. A large group of students quickly embraced the idea and it has become a popular space for buying, selling and entrepreneurship in action.

The idea was a logical partnership of the School of Business’s innovative culture and the leadership of Campus Ministry and Social Action’s in the fair trade movement. In 2012, Manhattan College became the first Fair Trade Certified College in New York City. The fair trade store directly furthers this mission.

“We could’ve opened up a store and sold anything,” Aileen Farrelly ’95, assistant professor and assistant dean in the School of Business, said. “Fair trade embodies our Lasallian values, is critical to the College’s mission, and using fair trade products to launch this project helped our students learn about all aspects of running a business.”

 

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Peace and Justice in ACCU’s Spring Newsletter

ACCU recently released the spring edition of Update, our quarterly newsletter. Read Update in full here. Peace and Justice highlights include:

University of Mary Students Lead March for Life: In January, over 600 students, faculty, and administrators from the University of Mary led the 2017 National March for Life Rally. After attracting national media attention last year when they were snowbound for 24 hours on the Pennsylvania turnpike when returning from the 2016 March for Life, they were selected to lead the March.

Chestnut Hill College Inspires Students to Pursue College Dreams: President of Chestnut Hill College, Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ is working to inspire local high school students in their pursuit of education and help them realize that the dream of a college education can become a reality. Through events such as “King Community Day” where the college invited students to campus for a basketball game and to meet with financial aid and admissions representatives, Chestnut Hill College is communicating the message that college education is not out of the reach of local students. This initiative is part of a wider campaign in northwest Philadelphia, involving the state senator and leaders in local schools, to inspire students to pursue a college education and build community connections.

Carlow University Works to Reduce Gun Violence: Carlow University launched its Social Justice Institutes with a focus on gun violence as the inaugural “Educating for Justice” issue, which will remain the focus through 2020. Social Justice Institutes’ goal is to promote advocacy and create systemic change through faculty research and community engagement.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Students Assist in Appalachia: Students and staff from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College spent a week in rural West Virginia this past fall on an Alternative Fall Break. They joined students from other colleges at Nazareth Farm, a Catholic community that provides service-retreat experiences. The group served the local community by helping homeowners with maintenance and construction.

Saint Martin’s Screens Film Showing Immigration Through a Child’s Eyes: The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series at Saint Martin’s University recently featured a documentary film screening of Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Cross Border Journey.” The film tells the story of 11-year-old Cinthya, a child who travels to her parents’ native community in Mexico for the first time where she visited her extended family, many of whom she has never met. The film’s producer, photographer and editor, Sonia De La Cruz is an assistant professor of communication studies at Saint Martin’s. The story illuminates the struggles and desires of families divided between the United States and other countries where children are mobile citizens but their parents cannot leave.   

Catholic Institutions Join Coalition to Improve College Access: Manhattan College, College of the Holy Cross, and St. Michael’s College have joined the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a group of more than 90 public and private colleges and universities formed to improve the college application process for all students, provide substantial support to lower-resourced and underrepresented students, offer responsible financial aid support, and demonstrate a commitment to student graduation.

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Students Create a More Sustainable Tomorrow

MyActions, a student-powered college network for sharing sustainable and socially responsible actions, has recently announced the recipients of its latest Student Actions Awards for the 2014 Fall Semester. The awards honor undergraduate institutions for student leadership, momentum, and effectiveness of sustainability-related actions. Congratulations to the following ACCU members receiving awards:

  • Aquinas College
  • Boston College
  • Manhattan College
  • Marywood University
  • Mount Saint Joseph University
  • Saint Edward’s University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • University of San Diego
  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • Villanova University
  • Xavier University

Peace & Justice in ACCU’s Spring Newsletter

Last week, ACCU released the Spring 2015 issue of Update, its quarterly newsletter. You can read it in its entirety here, but be sure to pay special attention to the sections devoted to peace and justice. These highlights include:

  • Scranton Students Learn Homelessness Firsthand by spending a day and night on the streets confronting similar challenges as those which persons experiencing homelessness may face.
  • Carlow Fights Hunger with Pottery by asking their art students to create clay bowls which patrons at a fundraising dinner use and then take home to remind them of the importance of fighting hunger.
  • Caldwell Students Serve in Belize and gain perspectives on poverty, priorities, and happiness.
  • Undocumented Students Appeal to Congress members who are alumni of Catholic colleges and universities by asking them to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • Mount Saint Vincent Students Engage the World by participating in international service learning.
  • ‘Compassionate Competitor’ leads Spalding University to log 1.6 million service hours and engage with their charism.
  • Manhattan Professor Teaches the Holocaust and Islam by portraying them both as stories of faith and catastrophe.

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