The College of New Rochelle Celebrates the Life of St. Angela Merici and Student Service


Originally the College of St. Angela, The College of New Rochelle celebrated the feast day of St. Angela Merici on April 13, 2011. Students, faculty and staff, alumnae/i, and friends gathered to celebrate the life of St. Angela,  the founder of the Order of St. Ursula who in turn founded CNR, and also honor the community service of four students. Clover McLennon SN, Loren Smith SNR-CC, Hellen Konyango SAS, and Sylvia Siciliano GS, were all recognized with an Ursuline Educators Service Award for their outstanding service.

This program is a national award sponsored by Ursuline Educational Services (UES). This organization fosters education based on Gospel values. It promotes the preservation and development of the Ursuline charism and mission in Ursuline-sponsored schools and other educational settings.

The requirement for this award is that each recipient must have completed a specific act of service in the previous year. President Stephen J. Sweeny presented the award to four students, one from each school of the College.

Hellen Konyango, School of Arts of Sciences, Class of 2011

Helen Konyango attended CNR’s annual Plunge Service Trip in January 2010, spending a week in New Orleans rehabilitating two houses that were flooded during Hurricane Katrina. She chronicled on film the work of the CNR students and staff who attended the Plunge and her completed video is now on CNR’s YouTube Channel (CNR 1904). In addition to this service activity, Hellen also participates in CNR’s Model United Nations, is a Wellness Coach, and delivers food to the homeless on countless Midnight Runs.

Loren Smith, School of New Resources, Class of 2012

Loren Smith was a Plunge participant on last year’s service trip to Louisiana. He was also involved with Habitat for Humanity in building – with fellow CNR Plungers – a new porch and staircase railway for the exterior of one of the two homes being worked on by the CNR team.

Clover McLennon, School of Nursing, Class of 2011

Clover McLennon is the mentorship director of the Student Nurses Association at The College of New Rochelle. She also started a Med Math Clinic to assist students to prepare for their medical mathematics exams and has found other ways to tutor students, most notably by developing a nursing-student version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and loaded questions on the Student Nurses Association website for her classmates. Most recently, she established a program called, “The Students Make a Difference Program” to award students for their contributions in the success of other students.

Sylvia Siciliano, Graduate School, Master’s Program in Childhood Education

Sylvia Siciliano is a Catholic grammar school teacher and is involved in a multiplicity of service projects with her fifth-grade students, such as sponsoring a food and needed-items drive for Concourse House in the Bronx, a home for unmarried mothers and their children.

Pictured here (l-r): President Stephen J. Sweeny, Loren Smith SNR-CC, and Dr. Kristine Southard, Campus Director of the Co-op City Campus.