Students From all Four Schools Recognized for Service, Given 2012 Ursuline Education Award for Service

The College of New Rochelle recognized the following students with a 2012 Ursuline Education Award for Service on January 29, 2013 :
  • Linnell Baugham of Brooklyn, NY, School of New Resources Brooklyn Campus
  • Shiyon Lee Mathew of New Rochelle, NY, School of Nursing
  • Buffy Curtis, Deborah Brass and Elizabeth Youngs, Graduate School
  • Victoria Yeboah of Freeport, NY, School of Arts & Sciences
The Student Service Recognition Program is sponsored by the Ursuline Educational Services, a collaborative effort of Ursuline congregations to carry their educational traditions into this new millennium. According to the College’s Director of Campus Ministry, Helen Wolf, “Each recipient must have completed a specific act of service in the previous academic year.”

Linnell Baugham
Linnell Baugham serves as the Mentoring Coordinator for the Brooklyn program DREAMS, for at-risk youth who are currently or have been incarcerated. She provides mentoring, life skills, and relationship development training while assisting them in preparation for their high school equivalency exams.

In addition to her work with DREAMS, Linnell is very involved in her church community, Brown Memorial Baptist Church. Her responsibilities as servant leader for the youth choir include vocal training and Bible study.

According to Dr. Darryl Jones, Dean of the School of New Resources, “Linnell is an outstanding student and a role model for her peers at our Brooklyn Campus. She serves her family, her church, and community in so many life-giving and affirming ways. Her focus on education never waivers as she strives to incorporate service-learning within her academic career.”

Shiyon Lee Mathew
Whatever there is need, said Dr. Mary Alice Donius, Dean of the School of Nursing, in presenting the award, “Shiyon is there. She is Vice President of the Student Nurses’ Association that collects coats for the Oasis Shelter in New Rochelle, participates with Student Development’s Neighborhood Earth-Day Clean Up, and served as President of WILDE—Women In Lasting Defense of the Environment.”

Shiyon also coordinated the denim drive to benefit Cotton Inc., a company that converts denim fibers to make environmentally safe insulation for homes.

Shiyon is also a familiar face in Campus Ministry. She regularly assists in meal preparations for the Midnight Runs program, serves as lector at Catholic liturgies and volunteered as a Sacristan for the morning Masses in Holy Family Chapel at CNR.

Buffy Curtis, Deborah Brass, and Elizabeth Youngs
During last year’s March spring break, the Graduate School art therapy students travelled to Nicaragua and worked with local communities of Chicigalpa and Chacrasecas. They spent several days at Niños Felizes, a school for students with special needs. They also spent each day providing art therapy for the children of various ages, diagnoses, and needs. This wonderful team of Graduate School art therapy students also worked at Chacarasecras Jr. High School, exploring identity through imagery, and the use of art as an expressive outlet.

The graduate students instructed the local teachers in ways to better understand the role art can play both in education and in therapy, demonstrating new ways of interacting with students and providing different ideas about how to utilize art and art therapy, as well as other expressive therapy techniques, such as dance, movement, and drama.

Of her service, Deborah Brass says, “It is always a humbling and enriching experience to have the opportunity to serve within a community that has so little monetary wealth, but in many ways possesses contentment and love, a wealth that far outweighs anything we could have brought them.”

Victoria Yeboah
At the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle, Victoria facilitated educational groups for at-risk kids between the ages of six and eight, as well as individual counseling to at-risk teens. Her work with these young people empowered them and instilled in them a sense of hope in the future.
Victoria has assisted in counseling adults, teens, and children of victims of domestic violence at New Rochelle’s My Sisters’ Place, providing comprehensive shelter, advocacy, legal services, and supportive services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking. Specifically, Victoria worked to find shelter for those who recently escaped from their abusers.
At the Bethel Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn she created a Sunday school for younger children and a support group for teenagers. The group became a place where these young people could voice their concerns about home, family, friends, and their faith in God. She is proud to share that ten of her former students are now in college, and one proudly serves in the United States Air Force.