SJC Student Honored for Military Service

PATCHOGUE, NY – JUNE 4, 2012 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that Peter LaPiana, a history major on SJC’s Long Island Campus, was recently honored by the Long Island Recreational Trails Conservancy (LIRTC), an organization that teaches safe and responsible ATV use. In addition, Mr. LaPiana was awarded a $500 scholarship from LIRTC co-founders, Denise and Tom Riker.

Mr. LaPiana was selected to receive the scholarship for his military service. He has been an active member of the 106th Rescue Wing National Guard for the past four years and graduated with honors from basic military training in 2009.

“I am so thankful to Denise and Tom Riker [founders of LIRTC] and everyone at LIRTC for this wonderful honor,” said Mr. LaPiana. “The support they have given me will help me continue furthering my education and reaching my goal of becoming a history teacher.”

As a member of the United States Air Force Air Transportation Unit, Mr. LaPiana is responsible for the safe movement of passengers and mission essential materials. He has just completed his junior year at SJC as a history major with a concentration in secondary education.

“After Peter’s first semester at SJC, he had to put his educational goals on hold in order to complete boot camp with the U.S. Air Force,” said Shannon O’Neill, assistant dean for SJC’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. “Since returning, he has been successful in balancing his military obligations, along with being a full time student. He has proven his ability to achieve his goals whether on campus, as a member of the SJC golf team, or in the military. We are proud of Peter and his achievements and congratulate him on receiving this award.”

LIRTC is a not-for-profit organization that supports local causes and awards scholarships and grants to those in need. They serve as an educational facility to teach safe and responsible ATV use, with a goal of expanding open space rehabilitation to provide long-term active recreational and educational opportunities to members of the public not served by traditional municipal land use policies.

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St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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