Manhattan College’s Lasallian Leaders Receive Record Number of Service Hours for the 2010-2011 School Year

Manhattan College’s Lasallian Leaders logged more than 1,806 service hours during the 2010-2011 school year.

Manhattan College’s Lasallian Leaders logged more than 1,806 service hours during the 2010-2011 school year. The program, which launched in 2005, will have a new crop of Lasallian Leaders on campus when the fall semester begins in late August.

Manhattan College awarded nine 2011 high school graduates dedicated to serving their community with Lasallian Leaders scholarships. The scholarship program was founded as a way to acknowledge prospective Manhattan students, who previously attended a Lasallian Catholic high school and are committed to community service and expanding service to the College community similar to the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Past and present Lasallian Leaders recipients come from Lasallian Catholic high schools in: Albany, N.Y., Baltimore, Md., Brooklyn, N.Y., Chicago, Ill., Cincinnati, Ohio, Denver, Colo., Lincroft, N.J., Manitowoc, Wis., Minneapolis, Minn., Napa, Calif., Portland, Ore., Providence R.I., Staten Island, N.Y., and Washington D.C.

“Students who receive the Lasallian Leaders scholarship attempt to develop creative ways of integrating the mission with campus life programs,” explained Br. Charles Barbush, F.S.C., program coordinator of the Center for Career Development’s mentor program and the Lasallian Scholars program.

Recipients of the scholarship take an active role in spreading the word on Lasallian traditions to classmates and meeting monthly to collaborate on planning events on campus that raise awareness of the College’s heritage. The Lasallian Leaders also participate in various activities throughout the year, such as speaking at freshmen orientation, assisting resident assistants, creating residence hall projects, joining the Relay for Life and much more. In addition, Lasallian Leaders are also required to complete 30 hours of service a semester to maintain their scholarship and are each involved in a service project through campus ministry and social action, Habitat for Humanity, the Methodist Home or Visitation Parish School.

 “The Lasallian Leaders scholarship has not only helped me to continue my studies at Manhattan by providing a source of financial aid but has also given me the opportunity to meet new people and participate in school wide and local community events,” said Anthony Marmora ’12. “More importantly, it has allowed me to appreciate and practice the Lasallian principles that characterize a Lasallian Leader both on campus and in the community.”

There are also many other ways to serve on and off campus for the entire Manhattan College community including through the Arches, the College’s new learning and living program. More than 100 new first-year students will begin their college years living together this fall on the same floor in East Hill, taking two classes with their floor mates and exploring New York City by participating in community service and social and cultural excursions. Still others will choose to travel to some of the poorest areas of the world with the College’s Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.), which is part of the Campus Ministry and Social Action (CMSA) department.

According to Lois Harr, director of CMSA at the College, “We have to think of ourselves as salt and leaven. A little bit has to go a long way.”

Harr explained that there are several components to their programs, which offer everyone with an opportunity to learn while serving. They include religious activities, social action, community service and promoting the Lasallian mission.