January 5, 2010
La Salle Seniors Elizabeth “Beth” Haidemenos and Eric Donovan Selected as Homecoming Queen and King
La Salle University seniors Elizabeth “Beth” Haidemenos and Eric Donovan were crowned Homecoming Queen and King during a halftime ceremony at the University’s Homecoming men’s basketball game.
When “Beth” Haidemenos, of Warwick, R.I., heard the name “Elizabeth” as the La Salle University Homecoming Queen for 2009, she wasn’t sure whom they were talking about. “It took a few seconds to realize that they just announced my name as queen,” said Haidemenos. “They said ‘Elizabeth Haidemenos’ and honestly it did not register that it was me,” she said. “At La Salle, I go by Beth, and my full name threw me off.”
“I felt very honored when I saw the faces of my friends,” said Haidemenos, a dual major in elementary education/special education and American Studies, who graduated from La Salle Academy in Providence. She has a 3.65 GPA and has been student-teaching at a public middle school not far from the University.
Faculty and students can nominate candidates for King and Queen. One consideration for each nominee is community service. Haidemenos works as hard at volunteering as she does her class work. Among her activities is La Salle’s Neighbor to Neighbor program, in which students visit elderly residents near the campus and help with chores and repairs. She also has taught children in Tanzania on La Salle service trips.
Earlier this year, Haidemenos was one of only seven Pennsylvania college students to receive the 2009 Commonwealth Good Citizenship Scholarship from the 83-member Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. The scholarship recognizes superior community service.
Joyce Hunley, administrative director of the elementary education/special education program at La Salle, said, “Beth has stood out as a student and leader in our department since her freshman year. She has sought continual opportunities to increase her horizons, challenge herself intellectually, and serve others within the La Salle community, in the La Salle neighborhood, and far beyond.”
A Conshohocken, Pa. native, Eric Donovan is a Communication and English dual major with a minor in film studies. “I was so surprised to be named Homecoming King,” said Donovan. “When I heard that I was nominated, I thought it would be fun to participate, but I never thought I’d actually win.”
Active on the La Salle campus, Donovan serves as a Community Assistant at the San Miguel townhouses, where he resides on campus. He also is a producer for two shows on La Salle’s Channel 56 television station—Backstage Pass, an entertainment news show, and The Studio, a talk show.
“He is a real pleasure to work with and always brings a sense of humor to the studio,” said Tonya Ellis, assistant professor of communication and Channel 56’s station manager. “He makes the other students feel welcome when working on a show and breaks the ice with new crew members to make them comfortable.”
After graduation, Donovan hopes to get into screenwriting, or possibly something else within the film industry. Currently, he is getting a head start on those career aspirations with an internship with La Salle communication lecturer Marc D’Agostino.
“We are working on a new Web series called ‘The Source,’” said Donovan, “It’s a live action series dealing with a post-apocalyptic Philadelphia.” He handles casting for the series, specifically dealing with the Screen Actors Guild about the use of union and non-union actors. “We were actually working on filming the series during the Homecoming game,” said Donovan. “I was running back and forth between the filming and the game, so I was even more caught off guard about winning.”