CNR Community Comes Together for Family Weekend
October 18, 2017
As the trees changed colors on campus, undergraduate students at The College of New Rochelle took a few days to share a taste of the CNR experience with loved ones during Family Weekend. The weekend of October 13 – 15, 2017 offered a host of events that featured something for everyone, including food, fun, sports and the chance to walk together in support of breast cancer awareness.
“Family Weekend is one of our many traditions that brings people together to celebrate our students and offer a first-hand look at our welcoming community,” said Dean of Students Tiffani Blake.
The weekend began on Friday evening with a comedy show in Maura Ballroom featuring comedian Tiffini Thrower SNR’19. Throughout the weekend, there were many opportunities to show school spirit as the Blue Angels women’s and men’s teams took on Vaughn, Davis, SUNY-ESF Colleges and Pratt Institute on the tennis and volleyball courts and soccer field.
As always, a highlight of the weekend was the Honors Convocation, at which the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions acknowledged exemplary students. This year’s convocation also marked the first time that SAS male students were honored.
“I know with certainty how hard each of you has worked, both in and outside of the classroom, to be honored at this very special convocation,” said Interim President Dr. Dorothy A. Escribano. “I congratulate you and thank you for representing The College of New Rochelle so well.”
Keynote speaker Dr. Launette Woolforde SNHP’03 delivered an inspirational address. Dr. Woolforde, a registered nurse for 22 years and currently Vice President, System Nursing Education and Professional Development for Northwell Health, spoke to the audience about perseverance and not letting fear of failure stand in the way of attaining our goals. “We are greater than our circumstances, and in spite of whatever hand we’ve been dealt in life, our charge is to not dwell in pity or woes, but to stay focused on our goals, pause when we have to, but regroup, and constantly persevere.”
Saturday evening’s warm weather brought everyone together on Maura Lawn for a Fall Fest & Family Weekend BBQ, and on Sunday, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the CNR team organized by the Science and Math Society participated in a Breast Cancer Walk at nearby Orchard Beach. The weekend closed with Mass in Holy Family Chapel, after which friends and family left campus with happy memories, new friends and a renewed sense of community.
“Family involvement and support play a major role in a student’s successful academic journey. Family Weekend is our way of thanking students and families for being an integral part of our CNR Community,” said Blake.