Staff and Faculty Attend Formation Programs During the Summer

Nearly 20 Manhattan College faculty and staff attended a one to two week Lasallian formation program earlier this summer as a way to reflect and learn more extensively about the Lasallian Catholic teachings. Jennifer Edwards, coordinator for campus ministry and social action; Bernadette Hicks, recruitment coordinator for career services; Robert Coleman, coordinator for media technology; and Patrice Tiffany, D.Ed., associate professor for mathematics and computer science; Gabrielle Brown, associate director for admissions and financial aid, and Br. David Trichtinger, FSC, the new academic advisor for athletes starting Aug. 8, attended the Lasallian Leadership Institute (LLI). LLI is a three-year program, which integrates and promotes the Lasallian heritage in a one-week session during the summer and a weekend session in the fall and spring on the College’s campus.

Thomas McCarthy, assistant director for annual giving; and Maire Duchon, library director for the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library; traveled to St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, Calif., to attend the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies. The program offers two week sessions for three consecutive summers and provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Lasallian presence through in-depth study of John Baptist de La Salle’s personal journey and the Lasallian spirituality and pedagogy

Judith Slisz, director of assessment; Br. Augustine Nicoletti, FSC, associate professor of education; Angie Thrapsimis, offices of the dean of students & residence life; Richard FitzPatrick, Ph.D., professor of management; and Lois Harr, director for campus ministry and social action; also spent one week in Memphis, Tenn., at the Lasallian Social Justice Institute (LSJI), and were immersed in the Catholic Church’s teachings on social justice and the Lasallian mission of serving the poor.

As part of the International Lasallian University Leadership program, Lisa Anne Vacca-Rizopoulos, Ph.D., associate professor of education; Lisa Juncaj, associate director of student financial services; Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and chair of the communication department, and Br. Raymond Meagher, FSC, assistant professor of education, traveled to Rome for two weeks. The program is designed to assist universities in their ongoing programs of faculty formation and enrichment.

To learn more about attending a formation program next summer, contact Brother James Wallace, FSC, by e-mail at