Founder’s Day will be celebrated on April 7

Founder’s Day, which celebrates the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle, will be held on Wednesday, April 7, with activities throughout the day. The day coincides with Accepted Students Day, allowing old and new students alike to learn more about the founder of the Christian Brothers. Activities will include a continental breakfast for faculty, staff and administrators in Plato’s Cave and Thomas Hall. Students will present their service-learning projects in the Alumni Room of the Library at 12:20 and 1:25 p.m. At 3 p.m. there will be an ice cream social on the Quad (Smith Auditorium in case of rain). The Mass of St. John Baptist de La Salle will be celebrated in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at 4 p.m., celebrating the 90th birthdays of Br. Francis Bowers, Br. Christopher Dardis and Br. Patrick Dowd. It will be followed by a reception in Smith Auditorium for faculty, staff, administrators, the Christian Brothers community and student-athletes. The theme for the reception is “Celebrating the Life and Work of a Member of the Lasallian Community at Manhattan College.” It will honor Br. Francis Bowers for his 50 plus years of service at the College.


Communication students selected to present at regional conference

Two senior communication majors have had their papers accepted for poster presentation at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in Baltimore, Md., which will be held April 22-25, 2010.  Students Melissa Bekisz, who wrote "Enchantment of the Law," and Melissa Scarlino, who wrote "Gender Role Representations: A Child's Point of View," completed their papers last fall as part of senior seminar, taught by Dr. Rebecca Kern, assistant professor of communication.


Senior accepted into Teach for America

Mike Bienkowski, class of 2010, has been accepted into Teach for America, a highly competitive program whose mission is “to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.” Teach for America currently has 7,300 corps members serving in 35 urban and rural regions. Since 1990, nearly 17,000 alumni have worked with approximately 3 million students.


Junior to receive Manhattan book award

Alexander Macina, a junior at Shaker High School, will receive the Manhattan Book Award. He has a five-semester GPA of 96.  Macina has been a member of both speech and debate and the Principal’s Building Council since he was a freshman; a Latin Club member for two years; and now serves as president of Speech and Debate.  For the past three summers he has volunteered at the NYS Assembly.  An avid C-SPAN follower, he earned third place as a 10-grader in the C-SPAN contest.


In Memoriam


Father Rinaldo Borzaga, an associate professor emeritus of religious studies, died on Feb. 9 in Caraveno, Italy. He was 89. A member of the faculty at the College from 1957 through 1990, Father Borzaga also served as chaplain for the Christian Brothers. Born in Italy, he studied at the State University of Padua and Gregorian University, where he earned his Ph.D. and Doctorate of Sacred Theology. In 1947, he was ordained as a member of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco. Fr. Borzaga began teaching at Manhattan in 1957 and was incardinated into the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1963. He taught both theology and philosophy during his tenure. Fr. Borzaga was also an accomplished author, including the book In Pursuit of Religion, published in 1977, and Contemporary Philosophy Phenomenological and Existential Currents, published in 1966. Fr. Borzaga resided at the Christian Brothers residence in Riverdale until a few weeks before his death, when he returned to Italy due to his failing health. The funeral and burial were held in his hometown.



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