EMS Thank You Reception
President Dr. Anne Prisco says the safety of students, faculty, and staff is paramount at Felician, and the Felician Community is grateful to the emergency services personnel and what they do. Dr. Prisco recognized the many first responders, “You all represent what we hope to instill in the students we educate here at Felician, and you set a wonderful example for our students as we try to teach them what it means to be good citizens and part of a community.”
Felician’s gesture wasn’t lost on those who gathered for conversation, food, and refreshments at the Castle including Lieutenant James Goral of the Lyndhurst Police Department who recalled responding to several service calls at Felician over the years. “The Police Department has a great working relationship with the neighboring towns, especially Rutherford including Felician, and it’s nice to be recognized with a gathering like this,” said Goral.
Former Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire, a Felician alum and current chairman of its Alumni Advisory Board points out that Felician’s two campuses in Lodi and Rutherford are within residential areas, “Not only do they respond here, they’re protecting our students every day, and that’s because of our partnership with our local law enforcement, local fire department and EMS, and their diligence and being proactive in protecting our areas.”
Felician Alumni Board Member Ty Agosta agrees. His Father-in-law Don Fleischer has been a long time Lodi Emergency Medical Technician. Agosta says when a University is located in a small town it’s a big part of the community adding, “I really admire those people who volunteer their time. I mean, at all hours of the night, they have to be ready to go. And that’s a big sacrifice, and I think is a very important to recognize that.”
For Rutherford Police Chief John Russo the best part of the Emergency Services Reception was that it was unsolicited. “An event like this means a lot to us in law enforcement because many times we’re enforcing laws, and you don’t get the greatest reaction sometimes when you have to deal with the enforcement end of our job, but to see these types of events, where it just shows the support that we have in the community, with our local university- it’s priceless.”
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Felician University engages over 2,300 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of social justice, compassion, and respect for human dignity serve as an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow’s leaders. Felician University’s education is ranked 3rd best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked #1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com.