on Thursday, Nov. 13, for “doing something extraordinary.” The Delta Epsilon Sigma Honors Society inducted 21 new members in a ceremony held in the Mansion during Cabrini Week.
Dr. George, who was also an inductee, opened the ceremony with a speech commemorating St. Frances Xavier Cabrini on her feast day. Speaking of “service beyond oneself,” she congratulated her fellow honorees on an “education of the heart that guides this college and other institutions across the country.”
The Charles A. Mastronardi Service and Leadership Award was presented by David Chiles, director of service learning at Cabrini. The Mastronardi Award, which recognizes two students for their outstanding service work, was given to junior psychology and sociology major Beth Briggs and senior English and communication major Christine Graf.
“It’s a recognition of my passion for spreading awareness of social justice issues. It means that I now have more motivation to live up to the award and work harder to raise more awareness about global and domestic poverty, as well as help others as best I can,” Briggs said.
Briggs has worked with Catholic Relief Services as a food security ambassador, and gone on Project Appalachia, sponsored by the Wolfington Center.
Graf also worked as a Catholic Relief Services Ambassador on issues around migration. She has taken part in Rostro de Cristo, an immersion trip to Ecuador, and is also an editor for The Loquitur.
She attributes Cabrini to opening her eyes to a new level of service.
Current Delta Epsilon Sigma president and senior education major Jessica Sampson introduced the new inductees after the presentation of the Mastronardi Award. In order to be inducted, students must have completed 60 credits, remain in the top 20 percent of their class and be dedicated to intellectual activity and service to others.
Junior math and secondary education major Gina Mulranen, a newly inducted member, has been taking part in service opportunities since her freshman year.
“Besides going on build days for Habitat for Humanity, I think my favorite form of service comes when I volunteer at the Special Olympics. This will be my third year going and it is one of the most rewarding services. The athletes I met are the nicest people with the biggest hearts. They teach me something every year. I have yet to have a bad experience.
I am honored to help out with an event that means so much to these individuals,” Mulranen said.
Delta Epsilon Sigma is a National Honor Society for Catholic universities. There are over 117 chapters of the organization.