September 13, 2013
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., a widely noted author, speaker, cited
expert and video producer with autism, will be the featured
lecturer during St. John’s University’s 19th Annual Founders Week
celebration. “The Story of a Modern Scholar and
Servant” event on Wednesday, September 25 at 3 p.m.
at Carnesecca Arena features Dr. Grandin’s reflections on her role
as a modern-day scholar and servant.
This year’s Founder’s Week theme, “Be Vincentian:
Scholar and Servant,” will continue to reaffirm St.
Vincent’s teachings, which emphasizes respect, service, human
solidarity and the giving of self. St. Vincent’s teachings form the
core of St. John’s philosophy, which is driven by a passion for
excellence in education and guided by the simple truth that
learning is about making a difference in our world. Throughout the
week of September 22-28, followers of St. Vincent de Paul seek to
deepen their knowledge and understanding of the St. John’s
The Vincentian Convocation on Thursday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.
in St. Thomas More Church, will honor those who have committed
their lives to service, in line with the St. John’s University
Mission. Those honorees include:
• Vincentian Mission Award: Barrett P.
Brenton, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Department of
Sociology and Anthropology, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, Senior Research Fellow, Vincentian Center for
Church and Society, and Director, Master of Arts in Global
Development and Social Justice and the Center for Global
Development, St. John’s University
• Caritas Medal: Cristo Rey Brooklyn High
School, Accepted by Robert B. Catell, Chairman, Board
of Directors, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School
• St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal: Natalie
Boone, President, Ladies of Charity, St. John’s
• St. Vincent de Paul Medal: C. Mario
Russell, J.D., Director, Senior Attorney,
Division of Immigrant and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities,
Archdiocese of New York
• Frederic Ozanam Medal: LAMP Ministries,
Accepted by Lyn Scheuring, Ph.D., and Tom Scheuring, Ph.D.,
Founders and Directors, LAMP Ministries
• Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters: Sr.
Louise Sullivan, D.C., Ph.D., Vincentian Heritage
Projects, Daughters of Charity, and Professor
Emerita, Foreign Languages, Niagara University
On Tuesday, September 24, the “CRS Scholars in Global
Solidarity” will host a panel discussion to recount their 10-day
trip to Brazil that examined labor and sex trafficking.
Centered on the theme of inspiring all with St. John’s 21st
century commitment to service, Founder’s Week concludes with the
12th Annual University Service Day on Saturday, September 28. More
than 1,500 students, faculty, employees and alumni will join
together and serve communities locally and abroad.
For additional information on all Founder’s Week events visit http://www.stjohns.edu/about/vincentian/foundersweek.
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About Temple Grandin, Ph.D.:
At the young age of three years old, Temple Grandin,
Ph.D., was diagnosed with autism. This did not stop her from
becoming a doctor of animal science, professor, bestselling author,
activist, and animal behavior expert. Today she remains a pivotal
source of inspiration and motivation for those faced with adversity
around the world. As a modern-day scholar and servant, Temple
Grandin, Ph.D., will tell her uplifting story during the
University’s 19th Annual Founders Week celebration at St. John’s