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Events More Than $700,000 Raised at 54th Annual Charter Award Dinner A P R I L 2 9 — An amazing fundraising ‘Be back here Monday — you’re effort combined with an evening that working for me here in this office.’ honored two successful St. Francis He set me on a path those four years, College alumni resulted in gifts totaling set me on a trajectory that took me more than $730,0 0 0 for the College. a long way.” Pastina has been a The 5 4th Annual Charter Award generous supporter of his alma mater Dinner honored Dave Smith ’64 for many years and now has the (Chairman, General Atlantic Group Louis G. Pastina ’79 Scholarship to Limited) and Lou Pastina ’79 (former honor his commitment to the College. Executive Vice President, NYSE). He was also honored with a Doctorate The Charter Award Dinner, which of Humane Letters honoris causa. was hosted this year by CNBC’s State Sen. Martin Golden attended Honorees Dave Smith ’64 and Lou Pastina ’79 with host Bob Pisani. Bob Pisani, celebrates the college’s the event and read NYS Senate success stories and recognizes those resolutions for both honorees. same alumni for their generosity in Another highlight of the evening “He [Bro. George Larkin, OSF ’60] set me helping younger St. Francis students was when Student Government and graduates as they build their Association President Elizabeth on a path those four years, set me on a own careers. Peralta ’15 shared her gratitude trajectory that took me a long way. Smith was introduced by his wife, for the support, friendship and — Lou Pastina ’ 7 9, former Executive Vice President, NYSE Ann, and awarded a Doctorate of experiences she had at St. Francis. Humane Letters honoris causa. “I never thought in my life that I He told the audience, “I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to attend would be able to stand right here in front of all the people who made a college that allowed me to have expectations beyond those that were my dreams come true.” Peralta is now in Washington, D.C. working expected and the opportunity and confidence to follow those.” Smith at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History also announced the formation of the General Atlantic Accounting and Culture, her dream job.  Scholarship and the David D. Smith ’6 4 Scholarship. Pastina recalled the late Bro. George Larkin, OSF ’60, who took him Learn more about the Charter Dinner honorees at sfc.edu/news. ● under his wing when he was a freshman: “He looked at me and said, Student Government Association President Elizabeth Peralta ’15. Lou Pastina ’79. Dave Smith ’64. A College Connection To Bestseller Matthew Thomas being interviewed for a story by SFCTV. MARCH 9 — Author Matthew Thomas, We Are Not Ourselves (Simon & Schuster) came to St. Francis College to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a reading and discussion of his New York Times bestselling book. The novel, about an Irish family in Queens, has a strong connection to St. Francis College, as Matthew’s family member Ronald Thomas ’64 is an alumnus of the College and several scenes in the book may have been inspired by Ronald’s time at St. Francis.    6  |  ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER  |  FALL 2015 Why Med School Rejections Were Great For Ice Cream Lovers O C T O B E R 2 7, 2 0 1 4 — St. Francis College welcomed ice cream icon Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. as the 2014 Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series speaker for An Afternoon of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility and Radical Business Philosophy. Born in Brooklyn, Greenfield returned to the borough, bringing