Graduate Student Service Award recipients honored at ceremony


Graduate Student Service Award recipients honored at ceremony

The Office of Graduate Student Life held the annual Graduate Student Service Awards Ceremony in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room on Friday, April 26. The graduate schools came together to recognize five graduate students who demonstrated excellence in academics while committing time to service within their community. The recipients of the awards celebrated with family, fellow graduate students and faculty with a celebratory dinner followed by the awards ceremony.

Award nominations were submitted a number of ways including self-nominations and faculty and peer submissions. Each school assembled a committee of faculty and with the dean carefully reviewed each nomination and selected the award recipients. In addition to service to their communities, many of the nominees also balance family commitments and employment while keeping up with their classes! Congratulations to this year's recipients:

Catherine Barna

College of Arts and Sciences
Presented by Dr. Michael White, Professor of English

Cathy organized and led writing workshops for veterans, one with a group at the Veterans Administration Outreach, the second at ABRI Homes for the Brave, a transitional shelter. Though begun as an academic project, Cathy's work with these veterans went well beyond any classroom requirements and continues to this day.

Edwin Hill

Dolan School of Business
Presented by Dr. Mark Ligas, Associate Dean

Edwin is a member of Leadership for Greater Bridgeport and currently working on a team to raise funds and perform work to create a computer learning center at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Edwin is currently raising $10,000 to provide computers, paint, and furniture and supplies so that single mothers (who live in the shelter) can seek jobs and educate themselves and leave the shelter with jobs and independence.

Loretta Murphy

School of Nursing
Presented by Dr. Meredith Kazer, Associate Dean

Loretta Murphy has been volunteering for Mission ILAC for the past four years. The mission promotes the overall health (physical, emotional and spiritual) of its participants through preventative health programs, education, agriculture and surgical assistance to persons of limited economic resources. Loretta works in the recovery room caring for babies and children all morning, and then adults late in the day. Despite her continued full-time employment, busy course and clinical schedule, she continues on her mission.

Robin Johnson

Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions
Presented by Dr. Nicole O'Brien, Assistant Professor of MFT

Robin's exceptional dedication and service to the community is evidenced by his responses to the traumatic events of the past semester. Consistently, he took initiative and offered his services, during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and immediately after the tragic event in Newtown on December 14. His exceptional dedication and commitment to the community continues to be witnessed in his eagerness to devote countless hours to our reaccreditation effort, while also volunteering his time teaching underprivileged students in the New York City school system. In addition, he is highly involved in his church community.

Andres Iriarte

School of Engineering
Presented by Dr. Amalia Rusu, Assistant Professor of Software Engineering

In a short period of time and with great passion and interest, Andres created a website for St. John's Family Center ( ) playing a major role and going the extra mile in helping the non-profit organization meet their website goals in a very professional manner. Andres was also part of the cooperative effort of Web Communications, the School of Engineering, and Fairfield-based ad agency, The Voice, which brought to life the current Google-based version of the Fairfield University map.

In photo (from left to right): Catherine Barna, Robin Johnson, Edwin Hill, Loretta Murphy, and Andres Iriarte

Last modified: 05-07-13 02:44 PM


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