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Dominican Presents Prestigious Mulroy Award to Areli Aragon

Monday, April 29, 2019

The 2019 Dorothy Reiner Mulroy Award, Dominican University's most prestigious undergraduate award, was presented to Areli Aragon during the Senior Celebration of Academic Excellence on April 10. The Mulroy Award honors a student who has shown outstanding academic ability and leadership throughout his or her four years at Dominican. Areli will deliver a speech during commencement on Sunday, May 5.

A biology major with minors in Spanish studies and chemistry, Areli epitomizes many of Dominican's exemplary students, who excel both in the classroom and in their communities.  An honors student with a cumulative 3.94 GPA, Areli is a microbiology and organic chemistry teaching assistant and a physics tutor and lab assistant. She also serves as a research assistant helping Professor of Biology Dr. Scott Kreher conduct experiments. In addition to her Mulroy Award, she received the Outstanding Senior in Biology.

She has interned in University Ministry, served as a Kairos retreat leader, attended the Collegiate Preaching in Action conference on behalf of the university, and helped organize interfaith programming on campus.

Areli has been a Dominican Student Ambassador and a member of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. During her four years at Dominican, Areli worked closely with the Black Student Union to build bridges across racial and cultural divides. She also became bolder in speaking to her own immigration status. 

A committed activist, Arelia served as the treasurer for Dominican's branch of Amnesty International, where she participated in fundraising efforts for Syrian refugees, and was involved in the MAP grant rally in Springfield. She also served food to the homeless through the Come to the Table program at a local food pantry. In addition, she woke up at 5 a.m. on Fridays to attend immigration vigils at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Broadview, where she prayed for those who were awaiting deportation and for the families who were impacted by this tragic separation.

Areli is a member of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and served as a Spanish Intern at the university's Rose K. Goedert Early Childhood Education Center.  In addition,‚Äč she is a volunteer at Erie Neighborhood House, where she teaches English to native Spanish-speaking adults.

During her junior year, she was the recipient of the St. Catherine Medal, which is presented to a sophomore or junior with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher who inspires appreciation for the values of a Catholic college education.

Areli is an exemplary student in every way and a well-deserved recipient of the Mulroy Award, which was established by the late Thomas R. Mulroy to honor his wife, Dorothy, a member of the class of 1931. We wish her well in the next chapter of her life!