Morristown, N.J. (October 2, 2017) – The 2017 President's Council Celebration, with more than 100 people in attendance, was held in Annunciation Center on Thursday, September 28, 2017, to thank supporters of the College and honor Mary Jane Meschino, '75.
Meschino graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth with a degree in English and is a former trustee and past President of the Alumnae/i Association. Meschino presently works as the Vice President of Digital Client Relations at Broadridge Financial Solution and was formerly affiliated with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, MetLife, and Société Générale. She is also an active volunteer for the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
"Mary Jane and I have worked through some important times for the College and the Alumnae/i Association," says Dr. Helen J. Streubert, president of CSE. "I very much value her thoughtfulness, consultation and insights. She's provided important leadership during the College's times of transition, and for that I am deeply grateful."
In accepting the honor, Meschino reminisced about her years at the College and attributed a major part of her professional and personal success to the education she received at CSE.
"While our personal journeys have taken us down different paths, I believe that each of our journeys began here and that we are a family," said Meschino. "Being at Saint E's is like coming home to the family that has nurtured us and prepared us to go out into the world confidently. This was our home for many years and it was here that we took the first small, almost imperceptible, steps that shaped the people we are today."
Two students, Sister Prudencia Ahanonu, '19, and Devon Tuten, '20, thanked attendees for their scholarship support.
Sister Ahanonu, from Imo State, Nigeria, belongs to the religious congregation Holy Family Sisters of the Needy and is currently a double major studying both health administration and psychology at CSE. She spoke about how her father instilled a deep respect for education within her and a desire to use her knowledge to improve her native country.
"Your kindness has nurtured any successful young women in our society to fulfill their dreams," says Sister Ahanonu. "What I am now is due to your kind-heartedness, but what I will become, due to your generosity, will be my gift to the CSE community."
Tuten, from Sicklerville, N.J., is a double major in psychology and business. He credits the untimely loss of both his mother and grandmother to breast cancer with his desire to make the most of his education.
"Instead of going down the wrong path, I promised I was going to make them proud," said Tuten. "This College has been my redemption. I truly, from the bottom of my heart, thank all the donors and CSE for allowing me to receive an amazing education and giving me the chance to make my loved ones proud."