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Student News – 4/8/16


Orange Student Raises Money For Pediatric Cancer Research

Newark, DE—Tara Gioiella of Orange, CT was among 250 participants in one of the nation’s largest university dance marathon fundraisers on Sunday, March 13. UD students joined the fight against childhood cancer with UDance, the university’s most-popular student-run philanthropy. The organization celebrated a year’s worth of fundraising during its 10th annual twelve-hour dance marathon. Students raised a total of $1,701,667.81, for the Wilmington, Delaware-based Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. UDance is the fifth largest college dance marathon in the country. To learn more about UDance, or make a donation, please visit

Ithaca College Student Sam Dellert Films Documentary On Syrian Refugees In Michigan

Ithaca, NY—Ithaca College student Sam Dellert, of Orange, Conn., is part of a group that recently filmed a documentary on Syrian refugees living in Dearborn, Michigan and local protests against the resettlement of Muslim refugees in the area. The documentary, entitled “Stateless: Syrian Refugees in Detroit,” was selected as an “Editor’s Pick” by The Atlantic. The film documents a number of families as their multi-country journey ends-they hope-in their new homes in suburban Detroit, an area with America’s highest concentration of Arab Americans. But not everyone is welcoming in Dearborn, Mich., or as one fiery protester calls it, “Dearborn-istan.” The film juxtaposes images of an anti-Muslim protest with the everyday mundanities of the refugees’ new lives in the suburbs. As the protesters, some of them armed, describe the violent nature of Muslim culture, the youngest refugees frolic in the snow and play soccer in an apartment parking lot. Inside, their families waver between fear and hope. Having fled violence, they want no more. “My primary concern is that my kids receive the best education possible,” says Samir, an appreciative father, while sipping tea. “How could you not be grateful to America? We want to work with America to make this place a better environment. We want to help. How would we benefit from harming the community?”

Orange Resident And Lasell Student Traded Spring Break For Community Service This March

Newton, MA—Sophia Figueroa of Orange, CT, a Fashion Design major from the Class of 2019 traveled to Atlanta, GA for an Alternative Spring Break trip where students worked with several non-profits including Truly Living Well, Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center, Piedmont Park, and Meals on Wheels. Figueroa and other Lasell students assisted with the reparation of garden beds and re-planting, delivered groceries to families in need, unloaded food donations, delivered and prepared meals, and volunteered in Day Centers for the elderly.

Andrea Rose Urbano Receives Graduate Student Award For Outstanding Research And Scholarship From The Rubenstein School Of Environment And Natural Resources, University Of Vermont

Andrea Presented Her Research At The 100th Annual Conference Of the Ecological Society, in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015. The Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship is presented annually to a Masters student in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources who has demonstrated excellence in scholarly accomplishment and commitment to intellectual advancement in their field. In recognition of her outstanding scholarly efforts and productivity, Andrea’s name will be inscribed on a plaque that will be forever displayed in the Aiken Center.

Andrea graduated from UVM January, 2016. She is employed by the Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation, preparing forest management plans for eight Vermont municipalities. She is also employed by Red Start Consulting, which provides land management plans for Vermont forest, agricultural and riparian lands.

Dean’s List

Sacred Heart University

Brianna Chiaraluce, Orange was named to the Fall semester Dean’s List, College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

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