The College of New Rochelle Announces Student Serviam Award Recipients


NEW ROCHELLE, NY, November 14, 2013 – During The College of New Rochelle’s (CNR) Founder’s Day Luncheon on October 24, 2013, four CNR students were presented with Serviam Awards for outstanding community service: Christine Gilliam, School of New Resources - Brooklyn Campus, Amber Pennant, School of Nursing, Denise Warner, Graduate School, and Luisa Garcia, School of Arts & Sciences. 
Established by the Ursuline Institute and continued by the College, the annual awards honor those students who best embody the Ursuline philosophy of Serviam (I will serve) and support the College’s mission of education for service. Judith Huntington, President of The College of New Rochelle, presented the awards which honor extraordinary volunteer service to family, church, school, community and society. 
This year’s recipients are:
Christine Gilliam, School of New Resources, Brooklyn Campus

Christine Gilliam volunteers as both a mentor and community activist at the Breukelen Community Center in the Canarsie Section of Brooklyn and the Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center in the Fort Greene Section of Brooklyn.  She has organized clothing drives for victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as created and ran a poetry writing workshop, “Finding My Voice” for girls ages 8-12. Ms. Gilliam has also shared her poetry with multiple audiences, including individuals who are dealing with intimate partner violence and chemical dependency. As a survivor of various forms of abuse, Ms. Gilliam serves as an example to others that they can overcome adversity, increase their self-worth and achieve their goals.
Amber Pennant, School of Nursing

Last year, as a volunteer at the Bronx Teen Health Center at the Morris Heights Health Center, Amber Pennant coordinated and implemented a presentation with eight other college students called “Turning Barriers into Opportunities”.  As part of the presentation to teenagers at the health center, and to the NY State Youth Development Team in Albany, Amber and her peers shared their personal barriers growing up as members of a minority in the Bronx.  Amber Pennant is currently the Linkage Coordinator at the Morris Heights Health Center, continues to lead educational and motivational programs for the teenagers, and plays an active role in organizing community service activities for the College’s Student Nurses Association.
Denise Warner, Graduate School

Denise is a student representative on the College Senate and a vital contributor to the service efforts of the Dewitt Reformed Church. Ms. Warner works in their food pantry on Mondays and Thursdays where she prepares the food bags, greets those whom they serve and helps with food distribution, and distributes breakfast before the weekly church service to the elderly. 
Luisa Garcia, School of Arts & Sciences

As a volunteer for several years at the Queens Americas Leos Club, a service organization that focuses on helping the blind, the deaf and less fortunate, Luisa Garcia has participated in feeding the homeless, working in clothing drives, cleaning parks, planting trees, visiting the elderly, and participating in walks that support health-related issues such as Breast Cancer.  
A dedicated student leader who is active in student outreach with NY Women in Communication, Ms. Garcia has worked on the College’s Tatler newspaper and Phoenix magazine. Ms. Garcia is known for mentoring on how to obtain internships and grants in the communications field.  Recognition for her achievements by various professional organizations include  a scholarship award from the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation and the Ford Motor Company Fund “Emerging Voices” program, and the New York Women in Communications Matrix scholarship.
Contact: Elizabeth Weisman
(914) 654-5281
(Photo: From left are Christine Gilliam, Denise Warner, President Judith Huntington, Amber Pennant and Luisa Garcia.)