Assumption Students Recognized for Service and Leadership Endeavors
Assumption College honored 17 members of the class of 2014 on May 16 with the College’s prestigious Crown and Shield Awards. The award recognizes students who have distinguished themselves throughout their four years at Assumption in the areas of leadership and community service.
The recipients of these awards have protected (shield) and furthered (crown) the interests of the student body and Assumption and were nominated by faculty, staff and administration.
Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., praised the recipients for their achievements during the past four years.
“You have been leaders who have engaged your talents among your peers on campus, among those you have encountered through the service organizations that you have led, and through the personal achievements you have accomplished by surpassing the challenges you have encountered through your hard work, dedication and perseverance,” he said.
Catherine WoodBrooks, Ph.D., Assumption’s vice president for student affairs, also lauded the honorees.
“The recipients of these awards have served as mentors to other students and have earned both the affection and respect from their peers, faculty and staff,” she said. “And they have demonstrated in many ways how the grace of God becomes evident through the work of people who seek goodness in others.”
The following is a list of this year’s Crown and Shield recipients. They graduated from Assumption on May 17.
Sadiya Bruce of Mattapan, Mass., is a graphic design major and art history and studio art minor. She was recognized for involvement on the Campus Activities Board; organizing Welcome Back weekends and the Winter Bash; being a first-year orientation leader, resident assistant, the event advertisement designer for the Office of Student Activities as well as a graphic design intern for the Worcester Sharks.
Michael Carpentier of Gardner, Mass., is a history major with a concentration in middle and secondary education, and minors in management and the Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program. He was recognized for serving the Student Government Association all four years as a senator, voting member of several committees, and vice president for academic affairs on the SGA’s Executive Board. He has been an orientation leader and parent executive, and was the student speaker at the fall 2013 President’s Council dinner. Last summer, Carpentier represented Assumption as an ambassador at the United Nations symposium of the Path to Peace Foundation. He has also volunteered as a student group leader at the Boston College “Stand Up, Speak Out” Conference and with Worcester’s Habitat for Humanity. Carpentier is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society and an Augustinian Scholarship recipient.
Sonny Choun of Worcester, Mass., is a mathematics major. He was recognized for being immersed in many campus programs and activities, soon becoming known as a committed, engaging and distinctive student. He served as a resident assistant; was awarded the Office of Residential Life’s 2013 Team Player award and Director’s Award. Sonny was an orientation leader, a student representative for the President’s Council Association, and an active member of PALMS and ALANA, where he was recently honored with the Diversity Award for the Colleges of Worcester ALANA Network.
Roger Clapp of Paxton, Mass., is a marketing major. He was recognized for being a dedicated student leader on the Campus Activities Board; a first-year student orientation leader; and for establishing the campus “Big Dogs” club, through which he shared his contagious school spirit and fostered community support for the College’s varsity athletic teams.
Carly Finegan of Shrewsbury, Mass.; is a human services and rehabilitation studies major and education minor. She was recognized for being a dedicated, hardworking student leader within Campus Ministry. Her passion and persistence is credited with the revival of the College’s Candlelight Prayer series. Carly has also served as a student leader on numerous Campus Ministry retreats; has been active in Chapel Choir and the Assumption College Band; and participated in four SEND community service trips.
Megan Flanagan of East Longmeadow, Mass., is an English major with a concentration in writing and mass communications and an education minor. She was recognized for serving the College as an admissions ambassador and tour guide; being active with Campus Ministry retreat and community service programs; was an active staff writer for Assumption’s student newspaper, Le Provocateur; serving as a Reach Out Center service director for the Nelson Place School Book Buddies program; volunteering with Community Harvest Farm and Assumption Relay for Life (the cancer research fund-raiser through the American Cancer Society); and being a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.
Nicolas Guerra of Orange, Mass., is an economics major and political science minor. He was recognized for serving the Student Government Association all four years, including this year as president; and for co-founding the Worcester Student Government Association, and for serving as its vice president this past academic year. He and his colleagues on the WSGA received praise from the Worcester mayor’s office and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce for hosting the first WSGA Conference. Guerra also participated in Campus Ministry retreats and community service trips; helped build a playground and assisted students at Worcester Nativity School in developing a student council. He was also an economics tutor in the College’s Academic Support Center.
Jesse Hunt of West Boylston, Mass., is a double major in organizational communications and history. He was recognized for serving as a resident assistant and advisor to the Residence Hall Association; as well as on the Student Conduct Board and Policy Review Committee. He is also the recipient of the Aquinas Merit-based Scholarship.
Katherine Jankun of Braintree, Mass., is a history major with a concentration in middle and secondary education and a psychology minor. She was recognized for her leadership skills, passion for service and aptitude for teaching teenagers. For Assumption’s Reach Out Center, Jankun dedicated over 250 hours of service as a volunteer and service director for Worcester’s Nativity School. She has participated in SEND service trips, served as an orientation leader, and was one of two students selected to represent Assumption at the National Conference of Ethics in America at West Point, N.Y., in fall 2012. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society and Psi Chi National Psychology Honors Society.
Mae L’Heureux of Scarborough, Maine, is a psychology major and human services and rehabilitation studies minor. She was recognized for leading and serving on various Campus Ministry teams and programs; volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and on SEND service trips; taking part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C.; and serving as a peer educator, which led her to spearhead campaigns to fight the stigma attached to mental health issues.
Alyssa Lombardi of Milford, Mass., is a graphic design and studio art double major, with minors in art history and Foundations of Western Civilization. She was recognized for being active in Campus Ministry programs, including the SEND service trips; and for being an orientation leader and working as a lifeguard at the Plourde Recreation Center.
Alexander Marshall of Shrewsbury, Mass., is an accounting major and finance minor. He was recognized for being active in Campus Ministry programs, including taking part in six SEND service trips; volunteering as a Reach Out Center service director with St. Peter’s mentoring program; and being active in intramural sports.
Gianna Paolini of Sterling, Mass., is a human services and rehabilitation studies major and education minor. She was recognized for being active in Campus Ministry programs, including SEND service trips; volunteering with Habitat for Humanity; has served as a peer educator and Class of 2014 secretary; and has worked in the Plourde Recreation Center as a certified water safety instructor.
Colleen Putzel of East Haddam, Conn., is an English literature major, with minors in peace and conflict studies and women’s studies. She was recognized for being active in Campus Ministry programs, including the SEND service trips. There, she encouraged her peers to serve, reflect on faith, and take a deeper look at the justice issue of Fair Trade practices. As a member of the College’s Social Justice Committee, Putzel planned events to educate about human dignity and played a key role in Assumption becoming nationally certified as a Fair Trade College. She has also served as a Reach Out Center service director and was one of two students selected to represent Assumption at the National Conference on Ethics in America at West Point, N.Y., in fall 2012.
Katerina Reilly of Wilmington, Mass., is a human services and rehabilitation studies major. She was recognized for being active in Campus Ministry programs and devoting time to Assumption’s Social Justice Committee to plan and execute events designed to educate students about Catholic social teaching on a global scale, such as this spring’s Agents of Change Retreat. She has been active in the SEND service program and this year co-led a service trip to Staten Island, N.Y. Reilly has welcomed first-year students as an orientation leader; volunteered in the Reach Out Center; served as a resident assistant; and is a member of Tau Upsilon Alpha, the Human Services National Honor Society. This past year, Reilly won the Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies Departmental Award.
William Rein of Marshfield, Mass., is a human services and rehabilitation studies major. He was recognized for being active in Campus Ministry programs and for volunteering his time as a Reach Out Center service director for Matthew 25 in Worcester. He participated in four SEND service trips and was a student leader on the trip to Pennsylvania this past spring. Last summer, Rein was selected as a co-coordinator for the Office of Residential Life’s new peer ministry program, which launched in fall 2013. Since then, he has had a key role in the program’s successful development, served as a mentor to his younger peer minister cohorts, and served as a student liaison between Residential Life and Campus Ministry.
Marie Theroux of Charlestown, R.I., is a double-major in Spanish and English with a concentration in writing and mass communications, and minors in music and natural science. She was recognized for being active in Campus Ministry programs and as a member of Assumption’s Chapel Choir. Theroux participated in SEND service trips; served as a tutor in the Academic Support Center; volunteered for the Reach Out Center; and was an interviewer of women for the Worcester Women’s Oral History Project in both English and Spanish. She is a member of Sigma Delta Pi and the Spanish Honors Society.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College