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Cavalari Selected Penn Stater of the Quarter

Rev. Cheryl Cavalari
5/3/2005 —
Rev. Cheryl Cavalari, executive director, Campus Ministries of Northeastern Pennsylvania, has been named Penn Stater of the Quarter at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, announced Dr. Mary E. Hines, campus executive officer. The Penn Stater of the Quarter is a member of the campus community who has uniquely demonstrated special concern for the campus, has achieved a significant honor or goal that benefits the campus, or demonstrates special dedication to the mission of the campus.

Rev. Cavalari, Trucksville, was named Penn Stater of the Quarter for her efforts on behalf of students at the Wilkes-Barre campus. Cavalari has served as co-chair of the Campus Environment Team for the past two years where she played an integral part in the planning of diversity related campus events that encourage unity and acceptance among students. But, according to Jacqueline Warnick-Piatt, student activities coordinator, Cavalari went well above and beyond the call of duty when she welcomed a student, new to the area and with no immediate place to live, into her home. “In addition to providing a room in her home, Cheryl took this student out for dinner and to family functions,” said Warnick-Piatt. “She made the first week away from home much less stressful and helped this student transition into college life.”

Rev. Cavalari is a Permanent Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. She has led the Campus Ministries program, which links local churches and college campuses across northeast PA, since 1993. She is responsible for the day to day coordination of programs and the development, direction, and growth of the ministry. Cavalari was named the United Methodist Campus Minister of the Year in 2002 and was awarded the Penn State University 2002-2003 Vice-President’s Award for Outstanding Programming for her work on the Religious Diversity Series at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
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