Congratulations to Margaret Wehrfritz, a student in our Bachelor of Nursing program, for being nominated by President Bassam M. Deeb for the 2015 Independent Sector Student Community Service Award.  Sponsored by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), this new honor gave each independent college in New York State an opportunity to nominate one exceptional student, who is a TAP recipient, and shows leadership in community service in their local community.

Margaret, a registered nurse, personifies Trocaire’s mission to serve the universal community every day of her life. Not only is she a Trocaire student and working a full-time job, she still finds time to volunteer for causes that are close to her heart.

Margaret volunteers with Hospice Buffalo, Kids Escaping Drugs and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, all organizations that give direct aid to those in need of healthcare.

“I became involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society when my uncle was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia,” said Margaret. Having raised over $10,000 for the society over the past eleven years, Margaret noted that her uncle was fortunate to have the means to pay for his treatment – but not all patients do. Margaret is making a difference for those patients who are not only struggling with their disease, but also with their inability to pay for the treatment.

She recently began utilizing her skills as a registered nurse to provide direct care to patients at Hospice Buffalo as a nurse’s aide. Hospice Buffalo has become a very special place to Margaret and her family, after the remarkable care her family received when their loved ones were treated by the Hospice staff.

Margaret is an exceptional role model, carving out time in her very busy schedule to give back to her community and the organizations that have had a positive impact in her life. In Margaret’s words, “I work and go to school full-time, so I don’t have a ton of spare time, but I help out when I can. I think it is important for everyone to have some volunteer experience as it fosters a sense of community.”

Margaret is an outstanding representative of Trocaire College, giving of her time and talents for the betterment of our community. We are proud to have Margaret as part of the Trocaire College community!

A statewide association, cIcu represents the public policy interests of the chief executives of more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York State. Its mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy.