Morristown, N.J. (April 27, 2017) – This year's scholarship celebration, held in late April in the Annunciation Center on campus, was a night to celebrate all who contribute to "Empowering Dreams" of our students. The event honored two champions of scholarship and excellence: Stephen P. Aluotto, president of NK Architects, and Patricia Puglise King, CSE class of 1963, and author. Student speaker for the evening was Jonadad Fequiere, '17, a communication and business double major, who shared the importance of scholarship to her academic career.
In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Helen J. Streubert, president of CSE, outlined the impressive achievements of this historic year, including: adding men's basketball and soccer teams; receiving the prestigious Signature Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation; accepting our largest ($5 million) single donation from an alumna; and developing seven new academic programs. Streubert praised the generosity of our donors who made these achievements possible.
"Our commitments have not changed," says Streubert. "We are an institution committed to serving those who have been marginalized and whose goal in life is to provide leadership in service to others. Your generosity empowers our students' dreams. Thank you for all that you have done and will do in the future."
Sister Rosemary Moynihan, chair of the board of trustees, spoke about the importance of encouraging students to strive for a common good by quoting Saint Vincent DePaul:
"Charity, or love, is the cement that binds communities to God and persons to one another," she quoted. "Dr. Streubert's strong creative leadership continues to be inspired and driven by this innovative love and the courage and efforts of our students, who benefit enormously from the values-driven education and the supportive diverse environment at Saint Elizabeth's."
Aluotto, whose mother and sister are CSE alums, was part of the architectural team that designed the Annunciation Center. He is now advising the College to help transform Mahoney Library into a state-of-the-art learning commons.
"The strength of a community begins with each individual. Individuals from all backgrounds have the knowledge to develop empathy and become productive, invaluable members of society," says Aluotto. "College of Saint Elizabeth, and other independent colleges, play a vital role in our country's higher education system, providing an accessible path, well-rounded, well-directed and personalized delivery to higher education."
King, whose recent book, "Never Work for a Jerk," was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, has written five books on business subjects, and a series of historical murder mysteries under the pen name Annamaria Alfieri. She insists that her success wouldn't have been "even remotely possible" without our compassionate donors.
"If generous people hadn't opened their hearts and their wallets and contributed to a scholarship fund that allowed me, the first person in my family to get a college education, to come here and learn, I wouldn't have become the person being honored today."
Fequiere spoke about the integral role CSE faculty and staff played in her transition from timid high school student to confident, soon-to-be first generation, college graduate. "I found myself at the College of Saint Elizabeth, and most students who have been here awhile can say the same."
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the College's Elizabeth Singers, under the direction of Josh Coyne. They performed selections from "Godspell" and "The Wiz" with solo performances by students Damara Banton, '20, and Haneefah James, '20. Coyne also played an original violin performance titled "Soon" and accompanied a solo performance by his assistant director, Allie Altieri.
This evening proved that dreams truly are empowered by the generosity of our donors.