Name: Margaret Purack
Year of Graduation: 2009 (B.S.), 2010 (M.S.)
5-year B.S./M.S. program
Minor: Leadership and Global Understanding
Hometown and High School:
Schoharie, N.Y. (Schoharie High School)
Service Activities: Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program coordinator (community outreach program); Neighborhood Tutoring coordinator; Los Niños (service trip to Tijuana, Mexico); AIDS Outreach; volunteer at nursing home; Urban Writers (peer mentoring/tutoring program at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School); member of retreat-planning committee for Community Service Scholars; coordinated Cystic Fibrosis Walk for La Salle students; PEERS (awareness and peer education association); La Salle Blood Drive coordinator
Other Activities: Vice President of Programming for Delta Phi Epsilon (focus on service, philanthropy, fundraising); study abroad trip to India; student employee (University Ministry and Service); 2007 Idealist Conference participant
Why did you choose La Salle?
I am from a small town in upstate New York, and my sister went to La Salle. When I first came to La Salle, I got the impression it is a small school tucked into a big city. The staff and students on campus were welcoming and I found a very collegial interaction between faculty, staff, and students. Through the interview process to become a Community Service Scholar, I was introduced to so many clubs, organizations, and community service opportunities that were available to me. What set La Salle apart is that the activities are all student-led, as well as how friendly, charismatic, and willing to help the people are here.
What can you say about service at La Salle?
All initiatives and community service activities are student-led. La Salle, unlike many other institutions, has a specific office and staff members on campus who focus on service for the greater good. It is put at the forefront of the University and woven into all other activities, connecting clubs and organizations with one another. Community service is a cornerstone of the Christian Brothers’ philosophy, and La Salle’s location in Philadelphia provides opportunities that aren’t available elsewhere.
What sets a Community Service Scholar apart on campus?
Being a Community Service Scholar is being a part of an extended family at La Salle. We interact with one another like brothers and sisters. This family bond stems from annual retreats and monthly reflections where we share with one another our service activities in an effort to collectively support each other. It has been such a tremendous opportunity to be a part of the Scholars program, both in regard to the scholarship and the opportunities the program has provided to me.