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Stella Plutino-Calabrese, professor of Italian and director of the Casa Italiana at Nazareth College, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award by the New York State Grand Lodge Order of Sons of Italy in America. The award recognizes outstanding Italian-American women who have earned a Ph.D and made significant contributions to their profession and community. The Order of Sons of Italy in America has grown into the largest organization of its kind, representing 23 million men and women of Italian heritage on the North American continent with 700 local chapters across the country. Plutino-Calabrese received her award at the organization’s statewide scholarship ceremonies on June 24, 2012 in Suffern, N.Y., where she also addressed the student scholarship recipients and their families before accepting her award.
The Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award was established in 1978 following the 300th anniversary commemoration of the first conferral of a doctorate to a woman, The Lady Elena Lucrezia Piscopia Cornaro, who received her doctorate in 1678 from the University of Padua in Italy.
A native speaker of Italian, Plutino-Calabrese earned a bachelor of science in economics, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Rochester, a masters of science in information technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a doctor of modern languages in Italian and Spanish from Middlebury College, having written her thesis on Italian writer and holocaust survivor Primo Levi and the internment camps in Italy.
Under Dr. Plutino's leadership, the Casa Italiana has expanded its educational programs and attracted a growing population to enjoy the Casa's offerings. Her focus for the Casa—to encourage young people to learn about Italian culture—has resulted in a vibrant, lively environment enriched by dozens of classes, seminars, workshops, exhibits, and other events each year. Her primary area of research has been on contemporary Italian literature and Italian cinema. Her current scholarly work focuses on immigration, the Italian American experience, women's studies, and the Holocaust.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.