Founders' Day 2012: Celebrating Service & Citizenship


Founders' Day 2012By Jeanine Purcell

Medaille celebrated community service in Western New York at its annual Founders’ Day Celebration in spring 2012, held at the Twentieth Century Club in Buffalo.

Three individuals and two organizations were honored for their contributions to the community; all reflect the spirit of Father Jean Pierre Médaille to “do all you can for your
neighbors and expect no reward.”

Student recipient Jeffrey Gramlich ’11’12 has done more than give back to our community, he’s given back to our country. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003-2007. While at Medaille, he participated in the Adopt-A-Platoon effort on Veterans Day, working with students and staff to support a local effort to send supplies to troops stationed overseas. He also served as vice president of Medaille’s Student Veteran Alliance group and was instrumental in building and maintaining the College’s reputation as being a “military friendly school.”

Faculty recipient, Dr. Brenda L. Fredette, has taught chemistry at Medaille since 1996. Her work with Science Firsthand — which engages urban youth in mentoring through informal science investigations — not only has her volunteering, but also her students. Fredette also leads service learning courses where Medaille students mentor youth in a lab setting.

Individual recipient Deacon Milania Lullo is a volunteer at Homespace Corporation, which provides parenting services to pregnant women placed in the foster care system due to abuse or neglect. Lullo leads a team of volunteers each week in their HOPE Center (Helping Other People Excel).

Organization recipient, Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action, pairs ailing elderly and their caregivers with trained volunteers. Its goal is to uphold the dignity and quality of life for their clients so they can remain in a home of their choice.

To celebrate Medaille’s commitment to our community, the College has established the Heritage Council, a special society honoring those who have demonstrated exemplary service and support to further Medaille’s historic mission in Buffalo. The Sisters of St. Joseph were recognized as the first members of the Heritage Council.

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