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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Students Recognized for Humanitarian Achievements
Dr. Martin Luther King AwardsStudents Recognized for Their Humanitarian Achievements Receive Martin Luther King Award Madison, NJ -- February 26, 2001 – In recognition of their leadership skills and contributions to the campus and the community, four students on the Florham-Madison Campus were selected to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Award.$$ Alaina Driscoll, a hotel/restaurant management major, has been busy with the Student Leadership organization, activating a social for hotel/restaurant majors, organizing events for the Multi-Arts Club, and creating a student-run coffeehouse for the campus. She has "walked" to raise funds for multiple scalars, holds membership in the Scribbler’s Literary Magazine, writes for "The Metro" student newspaper, has been business manager and is now office manager of the student-run WFDM radio station.
Vanessa Shields, a communications major, has been active with the Emerging Leaders and Student Leadership organization, the lacrosse and cross country teams, the student radio station, WFDM, and the Scribblers Literary Society, Shields participates in St. Hubert’s Doggy Walks, has given time at the Morristown Homeless Shelter, at holiday celebrations in the Morristown Memorial Hospital children’s ward, and has prepared meals for AIDS patients living in a group home. She also has "walked" and raised funds for juvenile diabetes and multiple schlorosis.
Carolina Ruiz was active in introducing Hispanic culture to campus students and in the Madison Project, which organized and participated in assembling supplies and services to families in Morristown. She was a summer teaching assistant to children in Newark as part of the Kids Corp/Americorp Project. She currently serves as a "listener" to residents of a local nursing home. An honor student, she is majoring in psychology.
Michael Costello, an honor student majoring in sociology, has been raising puppies for the Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. This involves training the puppies by using simple commands, walking, house breaking, and exposing the dogs to many new environments before they are returned to the Seeing Eye organization for their formal training in harness.
Costello sings with the Cranford Alliance Worship team, and is a youth leader and teacher ministering to junior and senior high students. He has also performed in musicals with the theatre program on the campus, and has been active with Campus Crusade for Christ.