Morristown, N.J. (September 28, 2016) – The 2016 President's Council Celebration, with more than 100 people in attendance, was held in Annunciation Center on Thursday, September 22, 2016, to honor Eugene C. Rainis.
Rainis, a certified financial advisor (C.F.A.), has been an active supporter of the College for many years. He is a limited partner of Brown Brothers Harriman & Company, a private partnership in the commercial banking investment management sector. Rainis is a servant leader as director and president of the Robert Brunner Foundation, trustee and chair of the Gregorian University Foundation, a member of the investment committee of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus and a member of the investment advisory committee for the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
"I know Gene has great love for the work of the College of Saint Elizabeth," President Helen J. Streubert remarked as she introduced Rainis to the audience. "I could not be more pleased than to thank him with this honor and pray for his continued wisdom in helping me lead the College of Saint Elizabeth."
Most recently, Rainis pledged his support to help renovate the Octagon Performance Hall in memory of his late wife, Jane Micucci Rainis, '76. When Annunciation Center was built, the art wing was dedicated in honor of Gene and his wife.
In accepting the honor, Rainis thanked the College and spoke of his late wife who was loyal to the College.
"Jane was an academic who came here to complete her education," he said. "She graduated magna cum laude and found her home here at CSE."
Jane M. Rainis, an English major, was an active alumna, serving on the board of trustees and the capital campaign committee to build Annunciation Center. She received the President's Council Award in 1998.
Two students, Damara Banton, '20, and Jendaya Workman, '18, thanked attendees for their scholarship support.
Banton, from Orange, N.J., is a biology major. He spoke of the difficulties he and his mother had as he was growing up.
"The experiences that my mom and I have been through made me who I am today," he said. "When I was down, she encouraged me daily to strive to be the best. I stand as a leader not just because of who I am, but because generous people like you give back to this institution. This allows me to bring something new to CSE every day."
Workman, from Brooklyn, N.Y., is also a biology major. She said that at CSE she feels like a family member, not just a number.
"What convinced me to attend CSE was the overnight stay with the Honors Program," she said, "I thank you for allowing me to have the opportunity to become an educated young woman and proud future alumna of CSE."