Our College Mission Statement declares that we are committed to helping our students “create their own path to success and commit themselves to making a profound difference in the world.” To be honest, making profound change can seem intimidating – for example, Martin Luther King made a profound difference in the world. But we feel that profound changes can be pretty small and local too. Remember, Rosa Parks made a profound change in the world just by deciding to choose where she wanted to sit on the bus.
Therefore, at our New Student Convocation, our students take this pledge:
I pledge to use the various gifts I have been given to improve the lives of those around me and those far from me. I pledge to make a profound difference in the world.
We believe that we each have it in us to make small acts that may change the world profoundly – even if it means just changing the world for one person. During your time with the College, we want you to seek out ways to improve the lives of those around you. We believe what the anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
We feel that, working together, Spartans in Service can make a difference, even a profound one.
STAC Mission Trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Sr. Peggy Scarano, OP Class of 1970 and Member of STAC's Board of Trustees, Dominic Collaluore '24, Kyle Kratzok '22, and Hayley Miller '25 traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on an annual service trip and became immersed in the history and life of a community of Native Americans. The STAC team worked with Re-Member, which is an independent non-profit organization working with the Oglala Lakota Nation. Collectively, STAC students, along with other students and church mission groups from Massachusetts, California, and Nebraska, spent a week on the Reservation working on service and learning projects.
STAC Packing Party for The Pajama Program
STAC's Student Engagement team and Stylish Spartans club partnered with the Dominican Sisters and Associates for a Packing Party supporting our Pajama Drive. Sisters from the Dominican Convent, as well as some of their Associates, attended our event to assist with the packaging of the clothes and books. South Orangetown Middle Schoolers even joined in and visited STAC to help out!
All donations benefited The Pajama Program - a national non-profit promoting and supporting comfortable bedtime routines and hygiene for children.
STAC Mission Trip to Fanjeaux, France
Mary Vota, STAC's Director of Student Success, and 2022 graduate, Kiera Egan, represented the College in France at the Fanjeaux Pilgrimage. They were joined by representatives from other Dominican colleges from across the United States for this special service learning trip. The group visited many places of worship, and experienced the local culture.
United Way of Rockland "Days of Caring" Event
STAC's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and members of the Men's Basketball team worked at Homes for Heroes in Tappan with United Way of Rockland during the "Days of Caring" event.
Touching Bases Adaptive Softball League
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Dr. Robert Murray, Provost, Chief Mission Officer / [email protected]
Emily Robinson, Assistant Director of Student Engagement / [email protected]