Sister chosen for award by Central Connecticut State University
MERIDEN, CT - On Thursday evening, February 11, 2016, Sister John Frances LaFever, FSE was awarded the Graduate Academic Award by the Central Connecticut State University School of Business. The event was hosted in the Connecticut Room of Memorial Hall on the CCSU campus. Her Management and Information Systems professor, Dr. Michael Gendron (on left in photo), introduced her. Dr. Glynis Fitzgerald, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, presented her the award. Dr. Kenneth Colwell (on right in photo), Dean of the School of Business, was present to offer his congratulations. During the presentation of the award, Dr. Gendron spoke of his experience of Sister John Frances in the classroom and the work of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist as a whole. In particular he spoke about how she encouraged other students.
Sister Collette Maritim, FSE, also a student at CCSU, accompanied Sister John Frances to the presentation ceremony and the two Sisters were joined at their table by their respective program deans as well as another awardee. The Masters of Business Administration program is in its first years at CCSU and Sister John Frances is the first student to receive the award in the MBA program. The award is given to students demonstrating the five tenets of the School of Graduate Studies: community of scholars, scholarly inquiry, intellectual and personal integrity, excellence, and leadership.
In introducing Sister John Frances, Dr. Gendron shared the following remarks: "Sister John Frances lives with her religious community, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, in Meriden, Connecticut. In addition to her work as a receptionist and informal office manager at the Sisters' counseling center, the Franciscan Life Center, she also participates in the daily work of keeping a small farm with goats, sheep, chickens, two large vegetable gardens, and a small orchard. Sister John Frances was not always a Sister. A native of Virginia, she attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English and Religion. After graduating, she enjoyed a hands-on introduction to a highly-customized Customer Relationship Management System supporting a 150-employee non-profit. With the frequent introduction of new projects by diverse departments and the support of her manager, she became interested and received training in project management. In 2011, a different "Project Manager" intervened. In response to a growing understanding of God's invitation to religious life, Sister John Frances moved to Meriden, to join the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. At the encouragement of her Community, Sister John Frances began the MBA program at CCSU in 2014 with the hope of developing skills to support the Sisters' works wherever she might be needed." The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist work in fields as varied as counseling, music therapy and instruction, teaching at all levels - preschool through university, nursing, pottery, technology, accounting, home health care and hospice care, graphic and web design, funeral directing, field education for seminarians, pro-life ministry, family life promotion and theology.