Lissette Garcia Honored with Pillar Award
MADISON, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2010) — Lissette Garcia, associate director and student development specialist, Educational Opportunity Fund, was honored by Fairleigh Dickinson University as a "Pillar" of the campus community at the University's annual Academic Convocation on Sept. 22.
The Pillar Award recognizes exceptional individuals within the University who have made extraordinary contributions to the character and quality of the institution, its community and its cultures. Garcia works at FDU's Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J.
"Once an EOF student yourself, you know well the challenges these individuals face, and you take a personal interest in each and every student," said University Provost Joseph Kiernan in presenting the award.
EOF is a University- and state-sponsored program that provides academic, personal, career and financial support to New Jersey students who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college.
Garcia started as an EOF counselor more than a decade ago and for more than eight years has directed the day-to-day operations of the program, which includes over 200 students. She has prepared numerous students for successful professional careers and supports all students by frequently attending student activities and athletic events.
Garcia teaches Freshman Seminar and Developing Academic Skills and serves as an adviser to the Latin American Student Organization and Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. She is a member of the Campus Standards Judicial Board and the Student Success Team, and is a Residence Life Fellow.
She has a B.A. degree from William Paterson University (1994) and an M.A.S. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University (2005). Garcia and her husband, Ronnie, live in Paramus with their children, Ashley and Eric.
Pictured above are President J. Michael Adams and Lissette Garcia, associate director/student development specialist, Educational Opportunity Fund.