Terrier Volume 78, Number 1 - Spring 2014 - Page 3

Patrice Green ’16, Jon Pepaj ’15 and Sarah Bernard ’16 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. M E S S A G E F R O M P R E S I D E N T B R E N D A N J . D U G A N ’68 At St. Francis College, one of the most important ideas we teach our students is that no matter what you decide to do in life, always make sure you leave the world a better place than when you got here. For 46 years, Dr. Francis J. Greene embodied this idea. S adly, this past spring was his last one as a full-time spent his life helping others as a firefighter until he lost Professor of Fine Arts at the College. Dr. Greene his life on 9/11 (Page 11). certainly made St. Francis College a better place, Moving to the classroom, we want to thank professors and I am a better person for having known him. We are like Alison Dell, who inspired her biology students to fortunate that, as Professor Emeritus, Dr. Greene will compete with vigor in two online, international science still be teaching a class or two each semester even as contests. She then watched them outperform thousands he pursues his own interests (Page 5). of others around the world (Page 2). In this issue, you’ll also meet several current students In athletics, the Terriers brought home two conference and alumni who are also fulfilling this ideal. championships, in Men’s Soccer and Men’s Water Polo After a rocky beginning at St. Francis, Elizabeth (Page 12). We’re building Terrier Pride across the program Peralta ’15 has really hit her stride (Page 7). Peralta with new records being set in almost every sport. discovered a love for history and founded a chapter of the Society As I walk our halls every day and talk to our students, staff, and of Claudel. She and her fellow students now help tutor children in faculty, I am so proud of all the good things that are happening here East Harlem. on Remsen Street and I can assure you that the stories you will read As an undocumented immigrant, Cesar Vargas ’05 has faced hurdles every step of his academic and professional career (Page 10). He’s turned those obstacles into the Dream Act Coalition and is now on the forefront of the national fight for immigrant rights. Our 53rd Annual Charter Award Dinner saw the creation of two new in this issue of Terrier are typical ones for our community. I encourage you to keep checking our website and to follow us on social media to learn about everything that’s going on at St. Francis. Sincerely, scholarships and overall donations of more than $720,000 (Page 6). The Tom Brokaw Veterans Scholarship and a second scholarship named for alumnus Kenneth D. Daly ’88 both point to your amazing faith, generosity, and support of our Franciscan mission. Liz Mindlin ’81 decided that a scholarship in her brother’s name, Brendan J. Dugan ’68 President The Edward Day Scholarship, was the best way to honor a man who ST. FR ANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER | SPRING 2014 | 1