Sunday, April 24, 2016
Westporter Bill Mitchell is scheduled to be honored by Bridgeport’s Kolbe Cathedral High School for “transforming the lives of deserving young people through education” on Sunday, May 1, in Greenwich.
Mitchell shares the honor with retired longtime Staples High School teacher Gerald E. Kuroghlian, known to generations of students as “Dr. K,” at Kolbe’s 2016 Making a Difference Celebration set to begin with 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Greenwich, followed by dinner at Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse at 6:30 p.m.
Kolbe President Jo-Anne Jakab described Mitchell as a man of generosity, energy, optimism and dedication to helping others. She lauded his commitment for nearly 25 years of providing opportunities for a quality education and a brighter future for deserving, less fortunate young people at Kolbe Cathedral High School.
”Despite his hectic civic and business schedule, Bill has always found time for Kolbe, securing speakers for fundraisers, sharing networking contacts or providing leadership for students,” Jakab said of Mitchell, a 1961 Staples High School graduate.
In 1999, Mitchell joined the Shepherds Program at Kolbe as sponsor and mentor, providing one-on-one support, including “spending many an extra hour on the bleachers as a Cougar basketball cheerleader.”
So impressed were Kolbe officials with Mitchell’s contributions, that in 2010 the school established the William E. Mitchell Humanitarian Award, an annual scholarship awarded to a Kolbe graduate who“demonstrates concerns for others, compassion, a positive attitude and a big heart.”
Mitchell’s commitment as sponsor, mentor, donor and Benefit Event Committee member, Jakab said, were acknowledged again by the Shepherds Board with the presentation of the Fifteenth Anniversary Founder’s Award in 2013.
Kuroghlian has made a long standing commitment to teaching and civic duty, motivated by the belief that it is responsibility of each individual to “make a difference,” the Kolbe announcement said.
After attending Fairfield schools from K-12, his academic credentials include a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from Fairfield University and a Ph.D from the University of Illinois.
Since his retirement from Staples in 2009, Kuroghlian has shared his talents, time and expertise with, Kolbe Cathedral High School as a student and staff advisor, the Mercy Learning Center as an ESL instructor and Sacred Heart University as a Master’s Degree student teacher supervisor.
“Dr. Kuroghlian is a treasured member of the Kolbe community who spends most afternoons with students and staff” said Jakab. “He broadens students’ horizons by facilitating and chaperoning cultural field trips to Fairfield University and New York City, and can be found on the bleachers at sporting events, even chaperoning the prom.”
At Kolbe, not only has Kuroghlian’s commitment to education resulted in his recruitment of 1,000 new works of fiction donations to the library, but his experience in instruction, English and as an SAT and ACT aptitude test advisor have provided ancillary resources and support to students, teachers and the guidance staff, with 100 percent of the last five graduating classes earning college acceptances and scholarships, she said.
Kolbe Cathedral High School education continues to “make a difference” in the lives of a diverse student population, 80 percent of whom are in need of financial assistance, the announcement said. All 73 Class of 2015 graduates earned college acceptances and were awarded $15.2 million in scholarships and aid.
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