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Betsy DelleBovi, PhD, associate professor of adolescence education, Kristin Finn, PhD, associate professor of adolescence education, Michael Rutter, PhD, professor emeritus, counseling and human services, are recipients of the inaugural Mission & Identity Fellowships for summer 2012. Rev. Michael Tunney, S.J., director of the Misson & Identify office, oversaw the process that concluded with the award naming on January 30.

Betsy DelleBovi, PhD Kristin Finn, PhD Michael Rutter, PhD

DelleBovi’s project is entitled “Cultivating Human Knowledge for the Benefits of Church and Society: A Theoretical Framework and a Professional Development Partnership with the Diocese of Buffalo.” Finn and Rutter’s joint project is entitled “Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Mentoring Program at Sweet Home Middle School: Can Mentoring Enhance Resiliency?”

Both projects will seek to make a significant impact on the educations of at-risk students in local diocesan and public schools. They will also assist the development of teachers and administrators in these schools. Tunney commended both proposals and projects for their responses to the college’s strategic plan, the goals of the Mission & Identity Office, and their attention to cultivating human knowledge for the benefit of Church and society. Echoing commendations from the review process, Tunney also noted that these proposals epitomize the best professional and collaborative work in the college’s School of Education and Human Services.

Submitted by: Rev. Michael Tunney, S.J., director, mission & identity