Current Fellows

Morgan Alexander 

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Natural Sciences
  • Hometown:  Georgetown, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Pregnancy Center East, Drop Inn Center

"I believe that there is no greater personal responsibility than to serve others with an open heart and open arms.  Service is the gateway to individual success and happiness, but more importantly, it is the key to world wide growth and concord.  Community engagement should be passionate, exciting, enjoyable, and unifying; once you get started you should not be able to stop."

Emma Allen

  • Year:  Freshman
  • Major:  Montessori Education 
  • Hometown:  Chesterfield, Missouri

"Community service is not only an opportunity to help the area around me, but it is a chance for me to grow as a person. My favorite saying is, 'Be who you are and be that well' by St. Francis de Sales. I believe that we cannot find our true selves without help and inspiration from others. Going into the community and being involved can lead us to find what we are passionate about and make a difference in someone's life at the same time."

Ashleigh Baker 

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Nursing
  • Hometown:  Milford, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Boys and Girls Club, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

"Service is a means to give back to a community by engaging with those who you would otherwise never have met.  It is a chance to grow and learn as a person physically, mentally, and spiritually."

Emily Beaven 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Social Work
  • Hometown:  Fisherville, Kentucky
  • Service Sites:  Rajendranagar After School Care Program in Bangalore, India, Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Bethany House, First Step Home

"For me, participating in service in the community is about finding balance in my life.  I feel at peace knowing that I am using all that I have been given to contribute to, and hopefully better the community as a whole, rather than solely using such gifts for my own personal gain."

Kelsey Blackwell  

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Social Work
  • Hometown:  Lindenhurst, Illinois
  • Service Sites:  Evanston Academy, Project Connect, 4C for Children

"To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I am so fortunate to be a part of the Community-Engaged Fellowship family.  We are a great community within ourselves of individuals dedicated to not only identifying and fulfilling needs, but more importantly, discovering strengths and giving others something to believe in."

DJ Bodziony

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Health Services, Pre-Medicine
  • Hometown:  Strongsville, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Greater Cincinnati Health Council, St. Gertrude Youth Ministry, St. Ignatius Parish, Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice, Community Action Day

"At the core, we are all broken people.  We come to this earth longing to be noticed, striving to make a difference, and wanting to be loved.  And still, we are far from perfect.  Although we all come from different backgrounds, beginnings, and traditions, this humbling, yet simple fact remains the same:  we must rely not only on ourselves, but on the work of others to be successful in this life.  We all have unique gifts and talents that we can use to serve others 'for the greater glory of God.'  Service is about community - building connections and friendships and being supportive of all of God's creations.  At Xavier, the Community-Engaged Fellowship does just that.  And I'm glad to be a part of it."

Emily Boutilier 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Art Education
  • Hometown:  Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Color Your Block, Big Pig Gig 

"I have a passion for arts education, and I see art as a tool to build community and transform spaces.  Learning about and working with all the diverse Cincinnati community, and making a difference doing something I love, is incredibly rewarding."

Alex Cipoletti 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program
  • Hometown:  Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Service Sites:  DePaul Cristo Rey High School, NEXT (Norwood - Evanston - Xavier Today) Board, Amos Project, Habitat for Humanity

"Over my lifetime, I would like to learn as much as I humanely can about how the people, societies, and nature work.  Every day, I see more and more that we are all interconnected with each other and our surrounding environment.  I hope to find my niche within this interconnected world in order to use my assets to better humanity in some way."

Ann Marie Diener 

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Psychology
  • Hometown:  Golden, Colorado
  • Service Sites:  Boyz II Men, Crossroads Church, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

"I am very involved in community service of all kinds.  I love working with children, serving the homeless, and volunteering in my church!  Volunteering has always been a passion of mine and it's helped me to discover a lot about myself and other people."

Terrence Ferguson

  • Year:  Freshman
  • Major:  Business Undecided 
  • Hometown:  Chattanooga, Tennessee

"'The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.' -Aristotle. Serving those in need is more than just appeasing their needs, it is learning about the world around you and using those factors to shape and change your life. The fact that I am learning so much about the society in which I live makes volunteering such a mutual value to both me and to those whom I serve. It is up to our generation to be the change we wish to see in the world."

Sara Fieger

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Natural Science, Pre-Medicine
  • Hometown:  Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Evanston Academy, XU Women of Excellence Living Learning Community, Building Value LLC 

"I feel like I have been blessed with many gifts and abilities and it would be selfish not to share these gifts with others.  I feel like I can best share these talents through my service to others."  

Mirka Gallo

  • Year:  Freshman
  • Major:  Pre-Med Undecided
  • Hometown:  Chicago, Illinois

"When you look up the meaning of community in the dictionary it says 'a unified body of individuals.' You are one big family no matter where you live because we are unified; and when one member of the community is in need or some aspects of the community can be improved with your individual thoughts or gifts then it is your responsibility to help the family. This is what service means to me, being completely immersed in your community by sharing your thoughts and talents in order to make an impact on people, yourself, and the community as a whole."

Jake Haigis

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Biology
  • Hometown:  Loveland, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Unified for UNIFAT, Relay for Life, Community Action Day

"Community Service is more than just helping people in need.  To me community service is having the chance to learn about the local or even global community around us.  Doing community service, mission trips, and fundraisers for non-profits not just impacts the people I am helping, but they are also impacting me.  The people I have worked with over the years have allowed me to see a whole new side of life and I hope to continue growing these new outlooks for years to come." 

Andrew Hermann

  • Year:  Freshman
  • Major:  PPP & Natural Sciences
  • Hometown:  Seattle, Washington

"Service isn’t just something on a check list to do once a month, it is a lifestyle. As the Jesuits teach, we are men and women for and with others, and through a Xavier education and participation in the Community-Engaged Fellowship I am learning to live a meaningful and purposeful life. Service allows me to learn about myself, learn about others, and together that can make a difference in the world." 

Rebecca Hollis

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program
  • Hometown:  Eads, Tennessee
  • Service Sites:  Evanston Academy, Boyz II Men, Alliance for Immigrant Women

"Engaging in your community is more than hours or numbers, but instead about getting yourself and others connected within your community.  My goal is to be a leader, not only through action but through support and encouragement of others.  Engaging in your community is vital to continue ameliorating our current problems, and part of engaging is simply using your voice to speak up when something needs changing!"

Caroline Lee  

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Biology
  • Hometown:  Bethesda, Maryland
  • Service Sites:  Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Unified for UNIFAT, Innovations at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

'I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.' - Albert Schweitzer

"The Community-Engaged Fellowship has given me the opportunity to serve, learn, and experience the greater Cincinnati area.  I have grown to be a leader and strived to promote change."  

Julia Magley 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Economics, Marketing 
  • Hometown:  Manlius, New York
  • Service Sites:  St. Vincent de Paul, Evanston Employment Resource Center

"Whenever anyone asks why I attended Xavier, I instantly respond with a description of the Community-Engaged Fellowship.  Since I was young, my parents always taught me the importance of giving back to those around us, so volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  Being at Xavier, my drive to do service increases daily, as I am surrounded by so many that know we are here to be 'men and women for others.'  By actively participating in service throughout my life, I have learned not only so much about my community, but also myself.  Being a Fellow has provided me with such a unique experience so far, and I appreciate Xavier more because of it."

Meghan Marth 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program
  • Hometown:  Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Unified for UNIFAT, Jimmy Heath House, Community Action Day Board 

'Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.' - Mary Oliver

"I am loving living this life with an open mind, heart, soul and open eyes - working for and with my brother and sisters for a better world."

Darci Meiners 

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Life Sciences, Chemistry
  • Hometown:  Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  STAR Boys and Girls Club, Evanston Academy, Evanston Recreation Center, ConneXions

"My service experiences have all shaped me in various ways through the people I meet, the situations I find myself in, and the connections I make.  I view my service as a privilege to meet new people and share my passions with them, especially that of education.  I am inspired by one of Ghandi's many wise statements: 'The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.'"

Darnell Miller 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Finance
  • Hometown:  Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Service Sites:  Evanston Academy, SmartMoney Community Services, Boys and Girls Club, People Working Cooperatively

"I am a Junior Finance Major from Ypsilanti, MI.  I work to consistently push for the academic, personal, and professional successes not just for myself, but also for our peers and those in the community.  I appreciate healthy competition and enjoy working with people."

Ryan Murphy 

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Business Undecided
  • Hometown:  Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Service Sites:  Evanston Academy, Boyz II Men

"I believe that it is my responsibility to share my thoughts, talents, and skills with the global community in a meaningful way.  Not only am I committed to staying involved, but it is my goal to involve many of peers in my service.  While I believe that service is meaningful, I also believe it should be fun!"

Michael Murray 

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Economics, History
  • Hometown:  Mt. Vernon, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Music Resource Center, ConneXions, Hamilton County Special Olympics, Starfire Council 

"I approach community engagement always with the rule 'first, do no harm' from the Hippocratic Oath. I know going into any population or organization that they have far more they can teach me than anything I can do for them. I aim to give back my time for whatever it's worth to them for all they have given and continue to give me."

Tess Petrozzi 

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Nursing
  • Hometown:  Powell, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  STAR:  Jimmy Heath House, Healthy Moms and Babes, Student Leadership Cabinet, ConneXions, Caracole House 

"'The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have anew and different sun.' - Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild.  "My service experiences are the different horizons I experience each day.  I could not be happier when a new life shows me a different way of thinking, and a different perspective to view the sun." 

 Rachel Piepsny 

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Middle Childhood Education
  • Hometown:  Strongsville, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Project Connect, Girls on the Run, Evanston Academy, Cincinnati Youth Collaboration Mentoring, XU Women's Center, Alternative Breaks

"I've always had a passion for helping others in a way that recognizes both their humanity and dignity.  My passions are working with youth who are disadvantaged, individuals with disabilities, and members of gangs or other inner city violence, although I love to explore all areas of service.  I do what I do because I know I am blessed and want to see others have the same opportunities to discover their passion." 

Sarah Rudolph

  • Year:  Freshman
  • Major:  Occupational Therapy
  • Hometown:  Parkersburg, West Virginia

"God has given me this life so that I may be His vessel. My passion is to do this by serving others, sharing with them a love that is beyond compare. As Mother Teresa once said, 'A life not lived for others is not a life.'"

Kelly Schmidt

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Honors Bachelor of Arts Program, History
  • Hometown:  Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Community Action Day, Boys and Girls Club 

"Community engagement opens a window to a brighter future.  Without compassion and cooperative relationships with one another, we cannot sustain a healthy community.  Each day we must open ourselves to embrace whatever good we can contribute to those around us in ways in which we can all benefit, whether substantial or insignificant."

Timothy Schutzenhofer

  • Year:  Freshman
  • Major:  Athletic Training
  • Hometown:  Florissant, Missouri

"Service is more than just volunteering or getting involved with clubs that do community service. To me service is getting out into the community and making those personal connections that you can only find through working with others. Through service you are able to see behind the mask of everyday life. It allows you the chance to see things through the perspective of others that you may have otherwise overlooked. There are so many great services happening in the community around us. All it took was someone going out in the community, making those personal connections and seeing life through someone else's perspective; then making a change based off their new perspective. This is what the Community Engaged Fellowship focuses on accomplishing and is a great description of what service truly means to me."

Alison Trianfo

  • Year:  Freshman
  • Major:  PPP Program
  • Hometown:  Dublin, Ohio

"To me, service isn't just about meeting the minimal physical needs of the people I am trying to help - it's about seeing the humanity in the eyes of those I serve and pulling them up to recognize their own unique potential and dignity. It takes dedication and patience, but seeing the light in those I serve is worth it. I never feel more whole than when I am serving."

Kelsey Vice

  • Year:  Freshman
  • Major:  Sociology
  • Hometown:  Loveland, Ohio

"Service is the channel that connects me to my local and global community. It allows me to become aware of the social issues in our world and then challenges me to react to them. As I aim to become a servant leader in the community, I yearn to better understand not only the social issues but also the people I serve. Through service, stereotypes and barriers are broken down allowing me to view the people I work with as equals. Ultimately, service is what gives my life purpose. Thus, I am so blessed to be able to do what I love by being a part of the Community-Engaged Fellowship."

Allie Weiss

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Marketing
  • Hometown:  Stow, Ohio
  • Service Sites:  Happen Inc, Evanston Academy, Unified for UNIFAT

"I try to live by the motto, 'Life is not made wonderful by the things you get; it is made wonderful by the things you give.'  Service outreach has become an essential part of my life.  Any service that I have done with others has not only impacted them, but has impacted me as well.  I am truly blessed to have been part of all the service I have done over the past years and cannot wait for all that is to come."