Gospel Choir Founders Receive Leaving a Legacy Award
Two students who formed a Gospel choir share this year’s “Leaving a Legacy” Award, which acknowledges graduating seniors whose contributions to Providence College will continue beyond commencement.
Dara Greenidge ’12 (West Haven, Conn.) and Laurie Moise ’12 (Malden, Mass.) received the honor during the Student Recognition Program held by Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership (SAIL).
The Office of Alumni Relations established the Leaving a Legacy Award to honor students who make a lasting impact on the College. The students do not have to have a parent who attended PC to be eligible for the honor.
During the 2010-11 academic year, Greenidge and Moise created the Footprints Gospel Choir. While open to all students, the choir has given students of color an opportunity to lead, serve, and share a heritage rooted in the tradition and history of Gospel music, contributing to campus diversity, said Elena Yee, director of the Balfour Office for Multicultural Activities, who nominated the pair.
Greenidge and Moise “truly deserve this award for their creativity, dedication, and commitment to the College’s core value of embracing diversity by starting a new organization, inviting all students to participate, and impacting their peers through the power of Gospel music,” wrote Yee.
The choir began with 10 students but has grown to 25, Yee noted. It gives campus-wide concerts twice a year, at Christmas and at a Gospel Jam in April. It also performed with the Liturgical Choir and at a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Legacy celebration, and at various events in the local community.
Greenidge and Moise held leadership positions with the Board of Multicultural Student Activities, the African American Society, the A Cappella Club, and the Black Studies Advisory Committee.
Following commencement, Greenidge is participating in Teach for America in the New York City area. Moise is the first PC student to be selected for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and hopes to study in South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, or Grenada.
Other SAIL Awards went to:
• Service Leader of the Year: Hollis Dunlop ’12 (Marion, Mass.)
• Unsung Hero: Joseph Neidermeyer ’12 (Colts Neck, N.J.)
• Emerging Leader: Maria Pantazelos ’14 (Danvers, Mass.)
• Student Leader of the Year: Marc Capuano ’12 (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Emily Foster ’13 (Wrentham, Mass.)
• Advisor of the Year: Sharon Hay, Board of Programmers
• Special Recognition Award: Elena Yee, director, Balfour Office for Multicultural Activities
• Dirigo Leadership Honor Society Award: Paul Calle ’12 (Danbury, Conn.)
• Dirigo Honorary Membership: Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, College chaplain
Awards also were presented to the following activities:
• Most Successful Fundraiser: Relay for Life, by Colleges Against Cancer
• Outstanding Service Project: Breadlines, by Campus Ministry
• Outstanding Multicultural Program: Cultural Jamboree, by the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs
• Outstanding New Event: Provapalooza, by Board of Programmers and Campus Ministry
• Outstanding Event: Fashion Mania Fashion Show, by African-American Society
• Special Recognition Award: Santa Shop, by Kevin Brawley ’12 (Rehoboth, Mass.)
Awards also were presented to campus clubs:
• Outstanding Performance Organization: PC Pep Band
• Outstanding Athletic Organization: Figure Skating Club
• Outstanding Media Organization: PCTV
• Most Improved Organization: Future Friar Executives
• Outstanding New Organization: Ballroom Dance Club
• Outstanding Organization: Colleges Against Cancer
— Vicki-Ann Downing
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