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From Grieving to Giving

After his son’s death in action in Afghanistan, the late Paul Monti, ’70, dedicated his life to ensuring no soldier is forgotten

Also in this issue: Bridgewater Scholars Program Alumni, Faculty Research, The Case for Free Speech, Graduate Student’s Hometown Food Pantry, and more

President Clark

President's Perspective

President Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq., ’83

"While the daily news keeps up its dismal drumbeat of depressing headlines, it’s good to know that these beacons of hope and light are out there. Their actions remind us that in challenging times making a difference can be difficult, but the dividends are all the greater."

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Student Perspective

Student Perspective

Paulina Aguilar Delgado, ’23
Faculty Focus

Faculty Focus

Dr. Sarah Fawn Montgomery, English

Scholars for Life

By John Winters G’11

Graduates praise landmark program offering free tuition to homeless students

What started in 2011 as an initiative of BSU’s Task Force to End Homelessness, The Bridgewater Scholars program has become an important component of the institution’s commitment to social and racial justice.

Each year, two students are accepted: Those chosen have the cost of their tuition and room and board covered, and in addition to classes and educational opportunities such as study abroad, undergraduate research and internships, also participate in work study and community service projects.

The Bridgewater Scholars program has a growing list of more than a dozen graduates, each of whom has gone on to a successful career.

Sefora Alcindor, ’18
Mental health therapist for Northeast Health Services
Lorenz Marcellus, ’17, G’22
Part-time employee at BSU’s Office of Student Success and Equity Intervention
Zachary Wright, ’18
Investment associate at Avidian Wealth Solutions

Boosting STEM

By John Winters, G’11

Several initiatives address diversity and the future needs of in-demand fields

STEM sells. These days more than ever.

Workers are in great demand in the various fields that fall under the rubric of science, technology, engineering and math.

During the pandemic, scientists of all stripes were celebrated for their work and breakthroughs. While these workers helped millions survive and ultimately brought an end to the pandemic, science itself has been on trial in the debates over everything from climate change to the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

The pandemic provided a triumphant moment for science, but the flip side was that it exacerbated an existing manpower problem in the sciences. As the employment firm Randstad puts it, “When it comes to hiring and retention in 2022, STEM employers will once again have their work cut out for them. The shortage of qualified candidates that existed before the pandemic still rages on, worsened, even, by 2021’s record-high employee quit rates.”

Grant funds program to promote STEM careers
NASA grants to fund a number of student projects
BSU education majors gain experience while teaching
Dr Samuel Otalvaro
A shared grant promotes the advancing of early-career faculty of color to full-time positions in STEM

More Stories

Paul Monti, ’70
Remembering the sacrifice and devotion to veterans embodied by the late Paul Monti, ’70
micro food pantry
Student establishes “micro food pantry” in her hometown to help those in need
Bruce, ’68, and Patricia Quinn, ’67
Benefactors Bruce, ’68, and Patricia Quinn, ’67, Bartlett discuss the importance of supporting free speech on campus and beyond
Political science professor’s project
Political science professor’s project tracks U.S. military interventions
Social work professor forges connections
Social work professor forges connections with Kenyan people and officials
Greg Wyatt
From Shakespeare’s birthplace, to Columbia University, to BSU, the work of sculptor Greg Wyatt mixes the real and the magical

Alumni Update

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