Morristown, N.J. (April 27, 2018) – The College of Saint Elizabeth's scholarship celebration, held on April 19 in Annunciation Center, was a night to celebrate all who contribute to "Transforming Lives" at CSE.
The event honored three champions of excellence: Etta Marie Rizzuto, '51, a retired health science educator, Meghna Samant, '00, the director of biostatistics and the project lead at Roche/Genentech, and William H. Connolly, Jr., the president and CEO of William H. Connolly & Company.
In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Helen J. Streubert, president of CSE, outlined the impressive achievements of this academic year and spoke about the impact of scholarship dollars on students.
"Trust that these young women and men will make the world a better place as a result of your commitment to this wonderful institution," says Streubert. "Together we can continue the proud legacy of the Sisters of Charity to educate those who may not otherwise have access to higher education."
Sister Rosemary Moynihan,'67, chair of the board of trustees, led the audience in prayer and Sally Cleary, vice president of institutional advancement, introduced the honorees.
Samant, who came to the United States from India with just two pieces of luggage, spoke about how CSE's nurturing environment transformed her into a confident and intelligent leader. In fact, after obtaining her bachelor's from CSE, Samant went on to earn a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Shortly after graduating from UCLA, she began working at Genentech, a global leader in oncology research and medicine, to bring transformative medicines to patients with cancer.
"The College of Saint Elizabeth made it possible for me to live my American dream," says Samant. "It did this by providing a world class academic program, a well-rounded education and a supportive environment which enabled students like me to thrive and prosper."
Connolly, who has been providing risk management solutions to the College for the last 10 years, discussed his personal connection to CSE. Connolly shared a story about his mother who graduated high school during the height of the depression and desperately wanted to attend CSE because "the Saint E's girls could get great jobs." Unfortunately, she wasn't able to afford the cost.
"CSE is now in the business of delivering well-educated, well-prepared young women and men into a challenging and competitive work environment," says Connolly. "And hopefully, in part through the support of many of us here tonight, CSE will continue to help ensure young people will not miss out on the opportunities that come from the educational experience."
Rizzuto earned her bachelor's degree from CSE in 1951 and, after graduating, accepted a scholarship herself from St. Mary's Hospital to attend their school of medical technology. While there, she became a licensed member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and taught in the hospital's School of Nursing.
"I'm very proud of this College because we have flourished and gone on to great things," says Rizzuto.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by the College's Elizabeth Singers, under the direction of Mr. Josh Coyne. They performed "Joyful, Joyful," "The Storm is Passing Over" and "I Know Where I've Been."
This evening proved that the generosity of our donors is truly capable of transforming lives.