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“Sometimes I still want to pinch myself when I think about what has happened,” Conte says. “In three years … this has turned into so much more than I could ever have imagined.”

Another important facility at the center is a vocational school, which aims to provide jobs and a steady income—particularly for young Ghanaian women, who might otherwise turn to prostitution to support their families. At the school the women take up various trades, including weaving and bread making.

“The thing that has been incredible … is to watch Ghanaians take pride in what they are doing,” Conte says. “They have pride in what they have been able to build.”

Although she is an inspiration to many, Conte is modest in her self-assessment of her accomplishments. She credits her SU education with providing a compass to guide what has become a mission.

“It’s humbling to know that I am not the only one doing this work,” Conte says. “It reminds me that there is so much to do, and I am so grateful that I went to a university that instilled that in me—to make the world a better place.”

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Great job Professor Stephenson. To this day, I remember the business plan that we had to put together. It was for a young couple thinking about starting a business to manufacture wood play structures - kind of like Rainbow Play structures. Even at that time, I felt it was such a win/win project - we got to learn a lot about consulting and building a business plan and they got free business advice. Who knows if they found the advice valuable but I found the experience very valuable!
(4/16/2009 8:59:03 AM, Bonnie Ferguson Nichols )

Please extend my congratulations to Nick Arvanitidis. He was a good friend of my brother Joe Bossi who died three years ago. They were SU classmates and stayed friends after graduation. Like Nick Joe earned his PhD in engineering at Stanford. I don't know how often they saw one another but Joe would tell me about Nick whenever they had been in contact. Reading of Nick reminds me of those days of friendship when we were all working our way through SU and wondering where our futures would take us. His took him in some very successful directions and it is appropriate SU honor him in this way. Congratulations!
(4/4/2009 12:32:08 PM, Fr. Steve Bossi, CSP )


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