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College to be Honored at Diocesan Light the Way Dinner in January

(Syracuse, N.Y.) For Immediate Release -- On Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at the OnCenter in Syracuse, Le Moyne College will be honored at the Sixth Annual Light the Way Dinner, an event sponsored by the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Syracuse. The Light the Way award is given in honor of a person or group of people that have had a significant influence on the life of Catholic education in the Diocese of Syracuse. The award honors those who have made a lasting impact on the Diocese due to their work in the field of Catholic education.

Le Moyne is being honored for its commitment to the teachers, students and families of the Catholic school system in three specific ways.

First, the teacher training program for Diocesan teachers allows them to earn a master’s degree at a significantly reduced rate, providing a tuition grant equal to one-third of the entire amount so teachers can be a part of this program. In addition, the educational leadership program encourages teachers to be trained in the complex field of Catholic education administration, using the same tuition rate.

Second, Le Moyne offers students from local Catholic high schools enrollment in the Loyola Scholars program. This program seeks to enroll high school freshmen into a program at Le Moyne that leads to college credits at a significantly reduced rate and makes them eligible for the chance to obtain a four-year scholarship to the College. In addition, all students who successfully complete the high school portion of this program are offered an $11,000 scholarship each of their four years should they choose to attend Le Moyne.

Finally, the recently implemented “Le Moyne Teaching Corps” is serving the Cathedral Academy at Pompei (CAP) on Syracuse’s north side. This program allows the school to hire master’s degree candidates in the school with Le Moyne scholarships funding a significant portion of their degree program so long as they serve at CAP. The Diocese offers each teacher a small stipend, allowing it to hold down salary costs while still providing students with a quality education from enthusiastic young educators.

Also being honored at the dinner will be the Rev. Charles Vavonese, a long-time adjunct at Le Moyne who has also played a role in developing many of the programs between the Diocese and the College. All members of the Le Moyne community are encourage to attend the event. Dinner tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased by calling the Catholic Schools Office at 470-1450. Learn more on the Diocesan website here.

posted on: 12/19/2011