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Barbara Cullen

September 2011

BarbaraCullen copyBarbara is a Senior who has truly enjoyed volunteering and working with various programs at the Duchesne Center. Her desire to reach out to the community and work directly with other people led her to join the Duchesne first as a volunteer. She was later nominated and received the Duchesne Scholarship. Over the years, Barbara has been very involved with the Mentoring Kids program, a program that consists of academic and social enrichment after-school activities for children from a shelter. Barbara grew very fond of the kids, and has volunteered since her Sophomore year, serving as coordinator last Fall. Most recently, in September 2011, she helped plan the "El Grito de Lares: Birth of the Puerto Rican Nation" event, commemorating Puerto Rico's independence movement against the Spanish in 1868 and raising awareness of her native Puerto Rico's past and current situation. She is now completing the fourth credit option with the WESPAC Foundation for social justice in White Plains, and volunteering for Children's Hope and Ladies Room. She describes her experiences with the Duchesne Center as one of the highlights of her college career. Each of her experiences has allowed her to help others and also to learn and grow in a very special way.

Calvin Yoskowitz

September 2011

CalvinYoskowitzBeing close family friends to the founders of Daniel's Music Foundation, Calvin spent every Monday of his Freshman year traveling to Manhattan to have fun with the young members of DMF. A relationship quickly developed with all of the students being serviced at DMF and he felt a personal connection to the program. As the student coordinator for DMF for his sophomore year, he joined a new group of enthusiastic volunteers and ventured back to Manhattan every week as well as assisting in the Foundation's Winter and Spring Recitals. Unable to continue DMF because of class conflicts, he ventured out into a variety of new programs through the Duchesne Center. He has attended lectures, Midnight Runs, and has increased his role and responsibilities in the Jewish Student Association, even speaking as part of student panel for The Philosophy & Religion Club and MSA's "Modernly Religious" Discussion in November 2010. As current President of JSA, he hopes to form partnerships with clubs that share our concern for raising cultural religious awareness.

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