University’s Office of Campus Activities Honored for Service in Downtown Paterson

The special celebration recognized the ongoing volunteer efforts of William Paterson students and staff at the Fr. English Center

Maribel Rodriguez (left) and Francisco Diaz with Sr. Guadalupe M. Nieto of the Fr. English Community Center

The ongoing volunteer efforts of numerous University students and Mari Rodriguez, assistant director of campus activities and student leadership, who have been working closely with the Father English Community Center, a social services agency in downtown Paterson, for the past four years, were recognized during a special dinner held on December 6 at the center.

More than 50 University students and staff attended the dinner, at which Francisco Diaz, assistant vice president for campus life, accepted a plaque on behalf of the students recognizing their leadership, community service efforts, and financial support for the organization. Rodriguez also received a plaque of appreciation in recognition of her role in coordinating the students’ volunteer efforts.

“The students have collected food, toiletries, and clothing for the center’s clients over the years through Orientation and the Pioneer Leadership Institute,” says Rodriguez. “They have also organized parties and other programming to assist the families in Paterson. We are proud to be recognized for our dedication to this organization and we will be continuing to work on a variety of initiatives at the center.”