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Heritage Award Students Give Research Presentations

Morristown, N.J. (April 30, 2015) – The College of Saint Elizabeth's Center for Catholic Women's History sponsored an event this week that featured PowerPoint presentations by two senior-year students, Alesandria DeSapio and Nastasya (Stacy) Tsultsumova. Both received this year's Heritage Award, a $1,000 check given to students who submit research proposals that a Center advisory panel deems consistent with the Center's mission.

The Center collects, maintains, and makes accessible the history of Catholic women who have made an impact on society through their faith and activities.

Alesandria's project concerned the extraordinary life of Mother Mary Xavier Meghan, the founder of the College of Saint Elizabeth. "She created a legacy that continues 100 years after her death," Alesandria proudly noted of Mother Xavier.

Stacy's presentation discussed the careers of several Sisters from Tanzania, Nigeria, and Vietnam who currently are studying at CSE so that they can better assist others back in their home countries.

"These international nuns are the agents of social transformation in the developing countries," Stacy said in her presentation.

Dr. George Sirgiovanni and Dr. Nicole Yanoso, both faculty members in CSE's History Program, served as mentors for this year's Center presentations.

Both Alesandria and Stacy have completed the College's Honors Program. Alesandria is a history major with minors in Political Science and Business Administration. She has been accepted into a number of law schools and will begin her studies in that field next fall. Stacy, a double major in Global Studies and Business Administration, is looking for a job in international banking or business in New York City, and she is thinking about attending graduate school to study international business.

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