Lianne Messina, elementary and special education major, social work minor and member of the Class of 2012, will be presented with the On the Shoulders We Stand Award.
The On the Shoulders We Stand Award recognizes a female undergraduate or graduate student for her commitment to serving the needs of women and for being a leader in the Seton Hall community. This year was the first year in which the nomination and selection process was run entirely by Seton Hall students.
Messina is President of Seton Hall’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, member of the education honors society Kappa Delta Pi and a mentor in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.
As a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Messina has spearheaded the Seton Hall Annual Dress Drive for underprivileged middle school and high school girls. The event is an all day, weekend event in which young women from area schools are able to shop for a prom dress, shoes and accessories at no cost to them.
As a future educator of inner-city youth, Messina says it is a huge passion of hers to assist younger boys and girls through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentoring program. Last year, she hosted a recruitment event for Big Brothers, Big Sisters at Seton Hall and many students, both from within Alpha Phi Omega and from outside of the organization, became mentors for students at local Newark school.
Messina’s passion for service reaches back to her youth. In high school, she helped plan large scale service projects, including a clothing drive for a battered women’s shelter, and helped her guidance counselor found a peer mediation program for young women who may be victims of abuse or may have difficulty finding their identity.
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