On Wednesday, November 18, the student resident advisors announced the creation of an award named after Fr. Alexander Pocetto, OSFS, retired senior vice president at DeSales, and the first dorm proctor when the school opened in 1965.
Pocetto was the guest speaker at the monthly resident advisors meeting where he spoke about the challenges about being a full-time faculty member and being responsible for students living away from home. “I never caught who put the firecrackers with the long fuses in the toilets,” he said.
After his talk, two resident advisors, Owen Roff (left) and Wesley Strickland (center), presented Pocetto (right) with the award named for him that will be given to a resident advisor who, in part “invites their residents, their staff and the wider university family to ‘live well.’ The Salesian leadership virtues of humility and gentleness are exhibited in this resident advisor’s every day interactions and service to the university community.”
“Bringing together the pioneer resident advisor and the current staff was a beautiful testament to the rich tradition of our university,” said Mary Colleen Romendio ’15, residence hall director, Tocik and Aviat Halls. “Fr. Pocetto gives all of us a real and honest account of our university’s past while also instilling hope for our future—what a way to celebrate 50 years.”
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