September 22, 2010
Always looking for new opportunities to embrace the mission and
Vincentian spirit of the University, a group of staff and
administrators from the College of Professional Studies decided to
end their summer with a volunteer project of their own.
After a short bus ride to Long Island, on August 23,
Kathleen MacDonald, Dean of
College of Professional Studies, and Academic Support
Assistants and Department Secretaries Josephine Mauro, Janice
Shaman, Mary Courtney, Nina Asaro and Patricia Bartolomeo, spent
the day chopping, slicing, sautéing and stirring as they prepared a
delicious meal for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House
of New York.
Created to offer a supportive and caring environment for pediatric
cancer patients and their families, Ronald McDonald House, provides
a safe haven for children undergoing sometimes painful and
exhaustive cancer treatments.
After a day of hard work and preparation, the dinner turned out to
be a night filled with good food and good conversation, as the St.
John’s staff mingled with the 65 guests currently residing at the
“Those in attendance couldn’t stop commenting on the aroma
of the food and described it as comforting,” says Patricia
Bartolomelo, Senior Secretary of the College of Professional
Studies. “What a perfect way to describe it since that is exactly
what the families in the home needed after a long day at the
hospital – comfort.”
Demonstrating their commitment to helping those in need, volunteer
experiences like these reflect the University’s Vincentian mission
of service to the poor.
To learn more about University service opportunities, please visit
To join the College of Professional Studies in their next service
initiative at the Ronald McDonald House, please contact:
College of Professional Studies
Bent Hall, Room 113