2009 class president named St Mike's admission counselor

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Wed, 08/12/2009 - 7:04am -- admin

Michael Stefanowicz, outstanding student and volunteer service leader, has been named admission counselor at Saint Michael's College. Stefanowicz, a May 2009 graduate of the liberal arts residential Catholic college, was awarded the Father Prevel Memorial award, which goes to the top male graduate each year. Mr. Stefanowicz earned a bachelor’s degree in both history and religious studies, magna cum laude. He also earned Vermont Secondary Teaching Licensure for Social Studies.
“Saint Michael's College has given so much to me,” Stefanowicz said. “This job gives me the opportunity to give back and to recruit some great students to benefit from a Saint Michael’s education.” With plans to go into higher education as a career, Stefanowicz said the job will be a wonderful learning opportunity, a chance “to learn from the great people in this department.” His travel and recruitment territory will include New Hampshire, Maine and part of Massachusetts.
Mr. Stefanowicz worked as an office assistant in the SMC admission office all four years that he was a student, as well as working as a tour guide for the office. He served on a four-student committee or Core Team for the MOVE or SMC volunteer service office for three years, and was president of his class during his senior year. He participated in and led numerous volunteer service activities at Saint Michael’s, including coordinating the Parent-to-Parent charity walkathon for three years.
Mr. Stefanowicz’s history thesis was titled, “The Medieval Notion of Charity: Three Case Studies from the 12th and 13th Centuries,” and his religious studies thesis was “The Mystical Body of Christ: Evaluating Ecclesiology Before and After Vatican II.”
Among his many honors are induction into the following: Phi Beta Kappa, national academic honor society; Delta Epsilon Sigma, national Catholic honor society; Phi Alpha Theta, history honor society; Kappa Delta Pi, education honor society; and Theta Alpha Kappa, religious studies honor society. He also won the Commitment to Service and Engagement Award from Vermont Campus Compact in 2009.
Mr. Stefanowicz was a student teacher and substitute teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in 2009, and a barista at Starbucks in South Burlington also in 2009. A resident of South Burlington, Vt., he is the son of Paul and Kathy Stefanowicz of Cohoes, N.Y.
Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu, is a distinctive Catholic liberal arts college that provides an education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools they need to lead a successful, purposeful life that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 371 Colleges, ranking as 9th among institutions in Quality of Life and 2nd in Town-Gown Relations. It is one of 270 colleges and universities nationwide, and one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus.