SSJ Founded Program Receives National Recognition

February 8, 2016

When Sister Kathleen Weider founded the Partners for Learning program at Nazareth College in 1991, one of her main purposes was to get more college students involved in community service in Rochester. Sister never dreamed 25 years later the program would reach a national level by receiving the Grand Silver Medal from the National Association of Student Professional Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). The award is the second highest given by NASPA.

The Partners for Learning program focuses on poverty reduction, education, and community empowerment by partnering Nazareth College students with children, teachers and staff from local urban sites. Adam Lewandowski, one of the program coordinators, said he’s grateful for how far the program has come since Sister Kathleen set it in motion.

"I am very happy to carry the torch for student experiential learning through service to the community and am very thankful for the work that Sister Kathleen did in creating this culture here at Nazareth,” he said.

Sister Kathleen said she is filled with joy and deep gratitude with how much growth and impact her original vision has had.

“I simply praise God for all of those who have benefited in countless ways from the impact of the current Nazareth College program – and all those who will learn and spread those values instilled by our four Sisters who founded the college and all of our Sisters who have served at Nazareth College since 1924,” she said.

The Partners for Learning program will be receive its award and be presented to approximately 8,000 people at the NASPA Annual Conference in March.