Mirabella, Ph.D., a professor in the Department
of Political Science and Public Affairs, was the recipient of the
Justice William J. Brennan Award for Public Service at the Unified
Vailisburg Services Organization’s (UVSO) Vailsburg Day Awards Banquet
on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
The award is named for the US Supreme Court Justice, raised in
Vailsburg, and is presented to an individuals whose life-long work in
public service has helped improve the Vailsburg neighborhood. The award
was presented by the immediate past recipient, the Honorable Thomas P.
Giblin, Assemblyman, to Dr. Mirabella "for enduring contributions to
the Vailisburg community as a UVSO founder and Seton Hall University
teacher and collaborator, for guiding countless interns and volunteers
in projects to address neighborhood problems and enrich the quality of
city life, and for inspiring your students and colleagues alike through
your lifelong commitment to service we chose in this way to thank you."
Dr. Mirabella's involvement with the community-based organization
began when she was a student at Seton Hall University. She served in a
variety of positions at the organization, including a year as an intern
through an innovative experiential education program created by Dr.
Emma Quartarto. After a career in New York State and City governments,
Dr. Mirabella returned to Seton Hall as a member of the faculty. Upon
her return, Dr. Mirabella immediately reconnected with UVSO and
established a partnership between the organization and SHU faculty and
students. The Community Renaissance Partnership with UVSO is one of
many programs operated by the Center for Community Research and
Engagement (CCRE), which is housed within the College of Arts and
Sciences. Dr. Mirabella is Executive Director of CCRE. In her remarks
at the event, Dr. Mirabella noted that CCRE’s community partnerships
and outreach would not be possible without the dedication of both UVSO
and SHU staff, particularly Dr. Laura Melendez and Ms. Tawayna Bailey
who work tirelessly on the UVSO partnership and other CCRE
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