Seniors Recognized for Exemplary Service and Leadership
WORCESTER, MA (May 15, 2017)— On the eve of their commencement, Saturday, May 13, 20 members of Assumption College’s Class of 2017 were honored with College’s prestigious Crown and Shield Award. The Award recognizes students who have distinguished themselves throughout their tenure at the College in the areas of leadership and community service. Award recipients have protected (shield) and furthered (crown) the interests of the student body and Assumption as a whole.
“A cornerstone of an Assumption College education is to encourage students to use their gifts in service to others in need,” said Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College. “During the last academic year, Assumption students selflessly volunteered more than 100,000 hours of their time serving those in the Worcester community and beyond, not because they had to, rather because of a desire to serve. This commitment to volunteerism and service reflects how Assumption students view themselves within, and the contributions they can make, to the larger community, specifically those in the greatest of need.”
The following is a list of this year’s Crown and Shield recipients who were nominated by faculty, staff and administrators:
Annah Coddington, of Beverly, MA, is a dual elementary education and English major. During her time at Assumption, she served as captain of the women’s rowing team; a student ambassador for the College’s chapter of Athletes InterVarsity; member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee; a member of Campus Ministry; was a resident assistant; and a SOPHIA Collegian. She also participated in InterVarsity's SERVE UP trip to New Orleans. A nominator cited Annah's talent for fostering community and mentoring her peers, both within the residence hall and with her teammates out on the water. After graduation, Annah will attend Merrimack College's Graduate Teacher Education Fellowship Program for English as a Second Language.
Nicole Corbo, of Bourne, MA, is a dual philosophy and foundations of western civilization major. During her time at Assumption, she served as an admissions ambassador and Student Ambassadors President; service director for the Reach Out Center; facilitator of the Compass Honors Program; and an orientation leader and chair. She also participated in a SEND service immersion trip to Baltimore, MD, and was a student representative at the NASPA Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) Conference. A nominator said Nicole has been a great role model for underclassmen, and represented Assumption College in an outstanding manner. After graduation, Nicole hopes to secure employment as a college admissions counselor.
Christopher Cuzzupe, of North Grafton, MA, is a dual computer science and liturgical music major. During his time at Assumption, he was a member of Campus Ministry; a peer and Eucharistic minister; president and member of Chapel Choir; a tenor in the College’s a cappella group VOCE; Liturgy Committee Representative; as well as a head residential assistant. He also participated in a SEND service immersion trip to Florida and is a volunteer firefighter for the town of Grafton. According to Christopher's nominators, his "strong, confident tenor voice has led the community in song and prayer as a cantor often throughout his years here," and his "welcoming presence and joyful exuberance" makes him a "natural role model". In addition, "Christopher truly embodies the ideals of an Assumptionist education." After graduation, Chris will be working full-time for The Hanover Insurance Group in Worcester as an Associate IT Business Analyst.
Elizabeth DiLoreto, of Jefferson, MA, is a biology major with a concentration in neuroscience and a minor in psychology. During her time at Assumption, she was a member and president of PAWS; a Reach Out Center and Habitat for Humanity volunteer; a Merely Players actor and playwright; a flutist for the College Band; SOPHIA Collegian; and served on the Student Finance Committee and the Student Conduct Board. She was also a member of the Student Advisory Committee for NASPA's BACCHUS Initiative (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students). A nominator described Liz as "a very conscientious, well-organized, driven woman who…brings harmony and value to every situation in her life." After graduation, Liz will begin working in a lab at Abbvie in Worcester, examining the mechanism of Humira and rheumatoid arthritis.
Anna doCurral, of Milford, MA, is a double human services and rehabilitation studies and psychology major. During her time at Assumption, Anna was a liturgical minister at Mass; Chorale member; a peer minister; head tutor in the Academic Support Center; an Augustine Scholar; a member of the Campus Ministry Core Team; and candlelight prayer coordinator and START Retreat rector. She also interned as a crisis intervention specialist at UMass Emergency Department, and volunteered on a SEND service immersion trip to Staten Island, at the College’s Reach Out Center, and for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, and African Center for Education. One of Anna's nominators described her as "an exceptional thinker and methodical hard worker", and another called her a model for a "life of faith… service… and servant leadership." After graduation, Anna will attend Boston College to pursue her master’s degree in social work with the hopes of one day getting a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.
Michael Doyle, of Pocasset, MA, is a biotechnology and molecular biology major and a political science minor. During his time at Assumption, he served as a Student Government Association Executive; a resident assistant; was a portal committee team member; and a member of PALMS (Positively Achieving Leadership by Men in Society). Mike is well known on campus for his talent of creating digital media whether it be video or photography. After graduation, Mike will be applying to medical school, and will be working with an emergency room doctor this summer at Falmouth Hospital with hopes of continuing throughout the year.
Elizabeth Eastwood, of North Andover, is a management major. During her time at Assumption, she served on the student conduct board and as the Student Government Association (SGA) senate speaker this past academic year. After graduation, Elizabeth will pursue a job in the areas of human resources or sales.
Alan Harrington, of East Hampton, CT, is a dual accounting and management major, with minors in fraud exam and forensic accounting. During his time at Assumption, he was a member of Campus Ministry; PALMS (Positively Achieving Leadership by Men in Society); was an orientation leader; a peer minister; a head resident assistant; served on the Student Government Association and the Budget Planning Priorities Committee; participated in two SEND service immersion trips; was a student leader of the Men’s Discernment group; planned and executed the Genesis Retreat; and was a SOPHIA Collegian. He was also an audit intern at Deloitte & Touche LLP. A nominator praised Alan's leadership traits of "dedication, commitment, creative thinking and sensitivity," along with his innate ability to articulate his faith to others. He always "strives to become a better human being." Alan will work at The Hanover Insurance Group this summer while he starts his MBA work at Assumption College. In fall 2018, he will begin working for the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Catherine LeClerc, of Oakville, CT, is a management major with a minor in psychology. During her time at Assumption, Catherine was a resident assistant; president of the Residence Hall Association; senior class secretary and Student Government Association (SGA) senator; and served on the Ground & Auxiliary Services, Dining Services, Advertising, Finance, and Policy Evaluation committees. A nominator said, "Catherine is always the one who, regardless of what is going on, recognizes (others) for their hard work and continues to motivate them," adding that her ability to be a "selfless advocate" is but one of the endearing qualities that make her such an effective leader. After graduation, Catherine will be employed at Watts Water Technologies of North Andover as a part of their Human Resource Leadership Development Rotational Program, while completing her MBA part-time at Assumption College.
Jeffrey Letourneau, of Methuen, MA, is a political science major with a minor in law, ethics and constitutional studies. During his time at Assumption, he was an orientation leader; class officer; and a member and president of the Student Government Association (SGA). After graduation, Jeff will begin working at Becker College as a Student Activities Graduate Assistant while he pursues a Masters in Psychology with a concentration in Student Personnel and Administration at Springfield College.
Anthony Manzi, of Cranston, RI, is a human services and rehabilitation studies major. During his time at Assumption, Anthony was an admissions ambassador and ambassador training executive; participated in three SEND service immersion trips, and led two to Camden, NJ, and Washington, D.C.; was an orientation leader, serving as both an executive and chair; was a head resident assistance; a SOPHIA Collegian and traveled to Rome as part of the program in May 2015; and a student representative at NASPA Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) Conference. A nominator described the "gregarious" approach, ready smile and upbeat attitude that Anthony brings to his "compassionate service and desire to mentor fellow peers." He summarized that Anthony's "dedication, passion and willingness to serve have made a lasting impact on Assumption College.” Anthony will spend the summer interning with the Becker College Orientation program. In the fall, he will begin working as an assistant area coordinator at Brandeis University, while he pursues his Master of Arts in higher education administration with a concentration in student affairs.
Sarah Mombourquette, of Whitinsville, MA, is a dual music and psychology major. During her time at Assumption, she was a Campus Ministry member; Social Justice Ambassadors President; Reach Out Center Service Director; and participated in three SEND service immersion trips, two of which she led. She was also very active in the arts, singing in the College’s Chorale and a cappella group, VOCE, as well as performed in four spring musicals. She also played an instrumental role in Assumption College being recognized as a Global Campus by Catholic Relief Services. A nominator described Sarah's ability to "stand up for her beliefs and advocate on behalf of vulnerable people." Her "intellectual curiosity, varied talents and passion for social justice" have left a lasting impact on the College.
Claudia Palencia, of Framingham, MA, is a double education and Spanish major, with a minor in Latin American studies. During her time at Assumption, she was an Admissions Ambassador and executive; Reach Out Center volunteer; a head resident assistant, head ambassador for the EDU Boston summer orientation program held at the College; a SOPHIA collegian; advanced certified Spanish tutor in the Academic Support Center; and participated in a SEND service immersion trip to Ecuador. Claudia, who is bilingual and whose family is from El Salvador, was described by a nominator as a "quiet leader" with a "calming demeanor and friendly disposition that draws" her peers in. Claudia has fueled her "empathy, genuine care for the well-being of others... and love of learning" into her passion for global citizenship through improving the lives of others. After graduation, Claudia will begin teaching middle-school Spanish.
Kateryna Pendleton, from Hingham, MA, is a human services and rehabilitation studies major. During her time at Assumption, she was a resident assistant; a Reach Out Center volunteer with the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center; a member of the Campus Ministry Core Team; a SOPHIA Collegian; and participated in three SEND service immersion trips. Kateryna was also an inaugural member of Assumption’s Peer Ministry group, serving as co-coordinator and passionate leader since its inception. Her nominators spoke of her humble and exemplary leadership skills, saying, "She exhibits…what the mission of the College stands for, and she does so with dignity and compassion."
Jacqueline Raftery, of East Walpole, MA, is a human services and rehabilitation studies major with a minor in psychology. During her time at Assumption, she was a Campus Ministry Core Team member; a liturgical minister; one of two student coordinators for the Horizon Retreat; volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters through the Reach Out Center; participated in three SEND service immersion trips, one of which she led; and founded the Ice Skating Club, serving as its captain since 2015. She also interned with the local nonprofit organizations WHY ME and Sherry’s House, during which she was able to connect her passion for skating to her work with children who have life-limiting illnesses. One of Jackie's nominators said she is "well known at Assumption College as a person who brings joy to others." Another described her as "a passionate student leader who has a deep commitment to her faith, a genuine understanding of servant leadership, and a heart for service to others.” After graduation, Jackie will be completing her Child Life Clinical Internship at Notre Dame Health Care in Worcester, MA, where she will work in the Pediatric Palliative Care program, in pursuit of becoming a child life specialist.
Kiara Serret, of South Easton, MA, is an international business major with minors in management and Spanish. During her time at Assumption, she was a Reach Out Center volunteer; a WINGS (Women Interested in Networking, Gathering, and Solidarity) member; a study abroad ambassador; a student Ambassador for the EDU Boston summer orientation program; a member, secretary, vice president and president of the ALANA (African, Latino/Hispanic, Asian and Native American) Network; and participated in a SEND service immersion trip to Ecuador. A nominator described how Kiara has grown into an exceptional leader during her four years, evidenced in part by how she worked her way up from general member to president in the ALANA Network. As the face of the Network, Kiara "has strived to increase collaboration with other clubs and create a more inclusive environment in ALANA, in the Cross-Cultural Center, and throughout the College campus.” After graduation, Kiara will enter the field of international business, and already has a few job offers that she is carefully considering.
Marissa Smith, of Pepperell, MA, is an organizational communication major. During her time at Assumption, she was a Student Government Association (SGA) senator; a Campus Activities Board (CAB) chairperson and executive for Pup Cup, Siblings Weekend and Family Weekend; and participated in a SEND service immersion trip to Alabama. She is also a two-time intramural champion. A nominator described Marissa as a "role model who leads by example and takes initiative to get things done." Her leadership and passion for creating collaboration have left an indelible mark on CAB and SGA, and throughout the College. After graduation, Marissa plans to pursue a job in the field of communications or public relations.
Tyra Talbot, of Bristol, CT, is an economics major and finance minor. During her time at Assumption, she was an orientation leader and executive; class treasurer; a Reach Out Center volunteer; a member, vice president and ambassador for the ALANA (African, Latino/Hispanic, Asian and Native American) Network; a WINGS (Women Interested in Networking, Gathering, and Solidarity) member; a Student Government Association (SGA) senator and Ethics Board Chairperson; and was one of two students selected to serve on the President's Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. A nominator described Tyra's intellect and passion, and her solid intention to make an impact from the moment she stepped on campus, saying "her desire has always been to ensure that the voice of underrepresented populations is heard." After graduation, Tyra will pursue her MBA at Assumption College while she works for the College’s Athletics department as the graduate assistant for compliance and student-athlete success.
Tanyalak Vattanasil, of Scarborough, ME, is a mathematics major with minors in education and accounting. During her time at Assumption, she was an Admissions Ambassador; an ALANA (African, Latino/Hispanic, Asian and Native American) Network member; a Campus Activities Board (CAB) member; a reach Out Volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization; was a head resident assistant and a perspective officer; and a WINGS (Women Interested in Networking, Gathering, and Solidarity) member. One nominator spoke of Tanya's dedication to her student leader responsibilities, describing the passion she brought to her campus tours, and her tireless efforts to provide intentional programming in the residence halls that would help her peers develop and grow. Another praised Tanya’s “passion to achieve, commitment to her roles, and professionalism in her work.” After graduation, Tanya will work as an Assistant Area Director at Babson College while she attends Salem State University to pursue her master’s degree in higher education in student affairs.
Christopher Waung, of Bolton, CT, is a dual accounting and economics major. During his time at Assumption, he was captain of the men’s tennis team; president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a national SAAC representative; a Student Government Association (SGA) senator and Finance Committee member; a resident assistant; and played intramural co-ed volleyball all four years. A nominator described Chris's ability to juggle his many student leader roles while remaining "calm during high-stress situations, task-oriented, responsible, and supportive of his peers," and as someone who is often "behind the scenes helping without looking for any recognition.” After graduation, Chris will intern in financial auditing at Ernst & Young in Boston, while he completes the accounting-focused MBA program at Assumption.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College