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Le Moyne Professor Named Principal of Cathedral Academy at Pompei

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Dr. Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt, a long-time professor of education at the Le Moyne College, has been appointed principal of the Cathedral Academy at Pompei (CAP). The move strengthens the relationship between the Jesuit college and CAP, a Catholic educational ministry of the Diocese of Syracuse, which draws multi-lingual students from 20 countries.

“We see this as a perfect example of Le Moyne’s Jesuit mission in action, to provide a solid, values based education that becomes a tangible mechanism to a better life,” said Le Moyne College President Dr. Fred P. Pestello. “CAP is a prime example of our close collaboration with the Diocese of Syracuse in serving the needs of the least materially fortunate in our region.”

Dr. Schmidt has long been active at CAP, most recently serving as director of development for the school. In addition, she has collaborated on countless programs and grants through the College and supervised student teachers there. As principal, that partnership is expected to expand, according to Dr. Linda LeMura, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Le Moyne, who said. “Cathedral Academy at Pompei provides a clinically rich environment for our students, exposing them to classrooms rich in cultural diversity and demanding from them responsive teaching strategies. We are certain that mutually beneficial relationship will continue to flourish under Dr. Schmidt’s leadership as principal.”

“I’m excited about this wonderful opportunity and the potential that exists to move Le Moyne’s involvement with CAP to the next level,” said Dr. Schmidt, who has extensive expertise and experience in literacy education and English as a Second Language. “The school’s tremendous diversity creates a truly unique learning environment for all – students, student-teachers, teachers and administrators – and I feel blessed and privileged to be part of it.”

Christopher Mominey, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Syracuse, said, “This is an exciting new chapter for us and shows, once again, Le Moyne’s commitment to assisting us in any way that they can here in the Catholic schools. We look forward to this new step in our continuing partnership with the College to enhance the strengths and needs of our students.”

Located at 923 N. McBride Street in the City of Syracuse, the Cathedral Academy at Pompei is strongly supported by Father Champlain’s Guardian Angel Society, which helps to ensure that all students can afford a quality Catholic Education. In addition to a pre-K and before and after school program, a total of 100 students attend grades K-6 at the academy.

posted on: 8/20/2010