St. Thomas Aquinas College Students put Learning into Action

St. Thomas Aquinas College has been partnering with Rockland County’s largest food pantry, People to People during the fall 2017 academic semester. Communication arts students from the university have be providing public relations and social media marketing for the Rockland food pantry. Public relations students will be creating a PR plan and have been implementing this plan over the semester and social media marketing students have been “designing engaging content plans for an interactive social strategy for the non-profit.”

Executive director of People to People, Diane Serratore, stated “People to People is known for giving back to our community and we are so thankful to do exactly that in more ways than one. I am so honored to be able to provide key experiences for students in the local community and look forward to hearing all of their ideas.” This mutually beneficial partnership reflects both the St. Thomas Aquinas College and People to People’s commitment to serving those that have the least in the local Rockland community.

To read more about this partnership, please visit St. Thomas Aquinas College news.

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University of Portland Student Awarded for Her Work against Injustices

Emma Martinez, from the University of Portland, was recently recognized by the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration with the prestigious 2017 Outstanding Student Award. This award is given to students who are majoring in social work and are making a difference in their community. Martinez’s contributions have been mainly focused on issues of immigrant rights, racial injustice, and equity concerns in the Portland area and campus community.

Currently her senior year practicum is with Enlace, “a multiple alliance that strives for racial and economic justice.” She also serves as the liaison to the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition, a volunteer-led organization which is creating an urgent responders’ network in support of undocumented immigrants and their families.” Martinez’s is work is reflective of the University of Portland’s commitment to service and an education outside of the classroom.

To read more about Martinez’s work at the University of Portland, click here.

Peace and Justice in ACCU’s Summer Newsletter

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

  • ACCU President’s Letter: Celebrating 50 years of Populorum Progressio
  • Rivier Students Participate in Day of Service: In April, Rivier University held its fifth annual First-Year Student Day of Service, contributing hundreds of service hours to Greater Nashua, New Hampshire non-profit organizations.
  • Mount Marty Students Volunteer at Rosebud Indian Reservation: Eighteen students from Mount Marty College recently participated in an annual service opportunity that sends nursing students and non-nursing majors to the Rosebud Indian Reservation to work with Tree of Life Ministry in Mission, South Dakota.
  • Newman Students Focus Art on Syrian Conflict: The atrium in Newman University’s Dugan Library was home to a student-created art exhibit in April, with art designed to depict the conflict in Syria.
  • Emmanuel Students Raise Funds for Children’s Hospital: The sixth annual Emmanuel College Dance Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital set a new fundraising record this year.
  • Benedictine Holds Social Justice Teach-In: This spring Benedictine University held an all-day “Teach-In on Social Justice and Race” to promote greater understanding of people and issues affecting local communities.
  • Aquinas Awarded Early Childhood Ed. Grant: Aquinas College in Michigan has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to address the shortage of qualified teachers of color available to lead local early childhood education classrooms.

To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.

Mount Saint Vincent Students Bring Joy to Hospitalized Children

College of Mount Saint Vincent students Kylee McGrane and Margaret McAndrew bring joy by visiting hospitalized children dressed as princesses. Realizing that they resembled the main characters from the Disney movie Frozen, and inspired by their desire to serve, the two began a non-profit called A Moment of Magic. A video showcasing their organization has gone viral online with over 30 million views on Facebook.  Their newest initiative includes athletes dressed in their uniform and volunteers dressed as superheros. Soon, they hope to expand A Moment of Magic to involve other colleges.

The students’ effort reflects College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Leaders in Service Initiative, introducing a shared concern for others through their first year experience course.  Students continue their commitment by volunteering with ongoing projects on hunger, homelessness, and other issues.

Happy Thanksgiving from ACCU!

ACCU wishes you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!  We would like to share this special Thanksgiving prayer from Catholic Relief Services.  You can find this prayer, a printable prayer card, and several other prayers in honor of Thanksgiving in their online prayer resource.

Litany of Thanksgiving

God Most High,

Before your son fed the multitudes, he first gave thanks.
Before he raised his friend Lazarus, he first gave thanks,
That all might know your glory.

And so, as we are blessed to do your works in the world,
That all, indeed, might know your glory
We thank you and praise you, O Lord.

For the grace to feed the poor, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to heal the sick, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to lift up the broken, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to harbor the refugee, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to aid the endangered, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to speak on behalf of the marginalized and vulnerable, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.
For the grace to be for the prisoner, the addict, the lost, the outcast, the dying
What your son has been for us
A comfort, a beacon, a shepherd, a rabbi, a healer, a hope
The salt of the earth, the light of the world, we thank you and praise you, O Lord.

Amen.