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Sellitto-Curcio Honored For Humanitarian Work


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Mary Sellitto-Curcio, a 1983 graduate of what is now Caldwell University, will receive its Excellence in Humanitarian Endeavors award at a special university luncheon on Sunday, April 30. The award is the highest honor the university bestows on its alumni.

Sellitto-Curcio, a 1979 graduate of Verona High School, has a lifelong history of New Jersey community involvement, serving on multiple boards, scholarship committees, and has received numerous awards including the 2021 World Wish Day New Jersey Wish Hero with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is a longtime member of the Caldwell University Alumni Association Board and is also a university trustee. In 2022, as a Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteer, Sellitto-Curcio helped fulfill a wish for North Caldwell’s Sam Prince, who had wanted to announce the Giants first round draft pick. She also discovered, by chance, that the young man’s mother had been one of her neighbors while growing up in Verona.

In addition to Sellitto-Curcio, Caldwell University will be honoring Sister Mary John Kearney, O.P. ’62, who will receive the Excellence in Higher Education award; Nancy Hurtz-Soyka ’71, for the Excellence in International Relations award; and Roger Monel ’00, with the Excellence in Community Activism award.

The June Dwyer Castano Veritas Awards, established in honor of the Dominican Sisters who founded and administer the University, celebrate the professional excellence of alumni. Tickets to the lunch are $100 per person. Participants can also sponsor a ticket for a Dominican Sister for $100. Please RSVP by April 21 here, or contact Sharon Dwyer at 973-618-3207 or [email protected]

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