CNR Announces Student Serviam Award Recipients


During The College of New Rochelle’s Founder’s Day celebration on October 19, 2010, four CNR students were presented with Serviam Awards for outstanding community service.  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.  This year’s recipients are:

Kristen Diaz (Scarsdale), the School of Arts and Sciences: On campus Kristen has participated in the LEEP (Leadership Education and Empowerment Program), student government and residence life and has  volunteered for numerous activities on behalf of the Honors Program and Women’s Studies.  She is actively engaged in Campus Ministry serving as a Eucharistic minister and on Midnight Runs.  This past January she went on the Habitat for Humanity-CNR Plunge to New Orleans where she says she “not only learned how houses were built, but how much she was able to contribute to a large service project” and perhaps more meaningfully, where she  “met other people willing to make changes in the world.”

Tanysha Farley (Bronx), School of New Resources-Co-op City Campus: Tanysha organized a series of fund raisers at the Co-op City Campus this past year to support her CNR Plunge trip to New Orleans which she describes as the “most rewarding service she has ever done.” Upon her return to campus, she shared the meaning and value of the experience in a Round Table discussion.  Encouraging her 6 year-old to donate toys for children, she also teaches her daughter service by fund raising for other children to be able to participate in activities they cannot otherwise afford.  She organized a team several years ago that annually walks the 5K Avon Walk Against Women’s Cancers. She says she returned to school to earn her degree in order to assist others as the best way for her to serve God.

Zena Jamal (Poughkeepsie), The School of Nursing: Zena says of her volunteer experiences that they “have provided her the opportunity to meet wonderful people who are very driven to better the world we live in one person at a time.” On campus Zena serves as the President of Student Government Association, a member of the volleyball team and an SOS (Student Orientation Staff) Leader and volunteers to recruit students to join her at CNR.  She volunteers as a teaching assistant at a local mosque and at Vassar Brothers Hospital.  She participates with Campus Ministry working with the Hope Soup Kitchen in New Rochelle and this past January worked with Habitat for Humanity and CNR as part of the Plunge to New Orleans.  

Jane Fitzpatrick (Rye), The Graduate School: The nomination for Jane says that “in addition to being an outstanding graduate student, the mother of three daughters 16, 14 and 12 she donates a tremendous amount of time above and beyond family” She has been a Girl Scout troop leader and has served the community working with the elderly, her special grandmother of 95, with toddlers and the Parent Teachers Organization where she has served as President, fundraiser and yearbook coordinator.  She works through her church and with her family serving holiday meals to people in need and has taught the CCD (Sunday School) program for three years.

Pictured with CNR President Stephen J. Sweeny are (l-r) Tanysha Farley, School of New Resources, Co-op City Campus; Zena Jamal, The School of Nursing; Kristen Diaz, The School of Arts & Sciences; Jane Fitzpatrick, The Graduate School.