Grad students honored for service

Grad students honored for service

The Office of Graduate Student Life and the Graduate Student Assembly Leadership Council finished its first year by honoring graduates who’ve made their mark as “servant leaders” through their community service.

James Fitzpatrick ’70, M.A. ’72, assistant vice president of administration and student affairs, said he hoped all graduate students would follow their example and “choose to stand with the most vulnerable.”

The honoree for the Dolan School of Business was Susan Serven, who is pursuing an MBA. A founding member of the Graduate Student Assembly, she is president of the Chinese Language School of Connecticut.

The College of Arts and Sciences honored Tess Brown, who received her MFA in Creative Writing in 2011. She was elected by the student body as a representative to administration.

The honoree for the School of Engineering was Edward Gratix, who is pursuing a master’s in management of technology. Gratix is the chief of the Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company.

The School of Nursing honored Lacy Birdseye, who is in the School’s Family Nurse Practitioner program. A full-time RN, she volunteers for Americares Free Clinic in Norwalk.

The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions honored Stephanie Santos, who received her M.A. in Elementary Education in 2011. Santos participates in Fairfield’s Mighty Math Club, an afterschool program for children in several Fairfield and New Haven county schools.