Good Afternoon All,
The following is a message sent out by our Alumni Board President, Meg Walsh. Her message of Community, Friendship, Values and Hope resonate clearly with what Manhattan College Stands for. Her comments are so on the money. We Congratulate the Graduating Class of 2015 and of Course Kelly and Grace, recipiants of this year’s Gunn Medal Award. We will keep all of our Jaspers in our prayers. Thank you Meg. God Bless.
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From: Walsh, Meg
Sent: Thu, May 21, 2015 10:29 AM
Subject: Gunn Medal and Graduation Weekend
I spent this past weekend participating in the Graduation exercises and festivities; the energy and hope these new young Alumni exhumed was contagious and I want to share that with each of you.
The excitement started at the Awards ceremony Thursday evening – it is at this event the Gunn Medal is awarded. We were a little coy at our last Society meeting in May, because as you know the Gunn Medal is a big secret until the end of the Awards ceremony. (You may recall we had Student guests at the meeting and we were very careful not to give away our big surprise!)
The Class of 2015 was outstanding and we had a pool off 11 candidates to consider for the Gunn Medal. After several rounds of voting we realized we had a tie vote. With the help of Counsel (Mike M) and some quick thinking by Ainsley we reviewed the Constitution and found we did in fact have the authority to award two medals. Our winners were Ms. Kelly Douglas and Ms. Grace Hoffman, both from the School of Business. Both young ladies had been active in volunteer work, co-curricula activities and embodied the LaSallian teachings. When the names were revealed there was quite a bit of excitement. As it turns out they are best friends and were sitting next to each other. I think the thunderous applause validated the review and voting process yielded the right result. (There are a few pictures from the event on the Photo page of the College website.)
Mike De Luca and the entire Committee deserve their own round of applause- this is a huge effort and their hard work is truly appreciated. Thank you Mike and team!
The Graduation ceremonies were very special. Saturday we awarded Eileen Murray (Class of ‘80) an Alumna an Honorary Doctorate; and Sunday we awarded one to David O’Brien. I think the most inspiring story however was of the Undergraduate Valedictorian a young lady from Cambodia, recruited by one of our own Math professors while on a teaching mission in Cambodia, Timsy Tor. This Fall Timsy will be heading to Paris, where she will continue her Math studies; with the long term plan of returning to Cambodia. In her speech she thanked the Manhattan Community for essentially being her “family” these last few years and for the encouragement and friendships she made while with us in the Bronx. (She also thanked the O’Malley family.)
And as I stated last year, the Singers made our Sunday morning Mass beautiful as did the words of Nelson Da Luz as he shared his experiences of his L.O.V.E. mission trip. At the Mass, we also blessed those students going on to do volunteer work; this year we even had one young man entering the Seminary.
The College does a beautiful job on the Graduation events – and even provided refreshments to the Students and their families in the Quadrangle where lots (and lots) of pictures were taken.
Throughout the weekend, I heard a theme repeated – many of the speakers spoke about the “friendships” they made at Manhattan College. As I contemplated what that really meant I realized that many of the friends I hold nearest and dearest to me were met through Manhattan College (and we are talking quite a few years since graduation!); and each time I am with a group of Alumns I find myself making new friends. I think this is a message that will help us in our work to foster Alumni re-engagement with the College – we are a Community, and that bond will be there forever.
– On other notes, Tom McCarthy continues to give improving updates on Joe Dillon and I even understand he is now resting at home. (I sent a card to him from all of us.) As Phil says, let’s keep up the volume of our prayers for Joe’s continued recovery.
Best wishes to everyone for a great summer, I hope to see you at one of the summer events – Saratoga for sure and hopefully a few others along the way. Come out and join us!
Thank you for a great year, Meg
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