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Standing O hears that St. Francis College’s Professor Sara Haviland has been named one of the “40 under 40: Professors who Inspire 2015” by the Nerd Scholar, a consumer finance website that advises students on financial matters.

According to the Nerd Scholar rules, honorees have to make “impressions on our lives that change the way we think, work and view the world around us.” Nominations for the professors have to show a professor’s “ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter.”

Professor Sara certainly fits the bill. She has been making a difference in the lives of her students since joining the St. Francis team, including Elizabeth Peralta, Class of ’15, who nominated her for the award.

“Professor Haviland convinced me to stick with being a history major and after I graduate, I will be fulfilling one of my dreams and going to work at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.,” said Elizabeth.

Professor Sara teaches history courses and has written the forthcoming book, “James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement.” She works with the Brooklyn Historical Society’s students and faculty in the archives project to teach history students about using archives as a tool to study civil rights in Brooklyn, and she was also part of the American Historical Association’s Tuning Project helping to promote the importance and relevance of being a history major.

St. Francis College [180 Remsen St. between Court and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522–2300].


On the grow!

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, just let Standing O know that Megan McKenna has been promoted to the new sales and service manager of the Bensonhurst branch. She will be responsible for new business development, consumer, and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers throughout the area.

Megan is a real go-getter and has more than 10 years of retail banking experience, having joined the bank in 2005 as a customer representative and later as a store supervisor.

Truly a borough daughter, she is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn and a past graduate of Bishop Kearney High School.

TD Bank [2173 86th St. at 21st Avenue in Bensonhurst, (718) 954–3700].

Borough Wide

Summer opportunity

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation is again offering summer internship opportunities to young adults attending or entering college. The goal of the program is to provide worthwhile work experiences for college students living in the communities surrounding the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It gives college students who live locally an opportunity to get real work experience, gain exposure to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, become familiar with the industrial sector, and have an opportunity to earn a salary in the summer to help with their college costs.

Students must be at least 18 years old and be able to present documentation that they are currently enrolled in a college program or have been admitted to college. The deadline for filing is May 29, and the lucky few will attend a mandatory orientation session and work a 35-hour work-week with an hour unpaid lunch break each day. There will be an eight-week session, beginning on June 29 and ending on Aug. 21. Applications are available by clicking or copying this link: (PDF).

Completed applications may be mailed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204; faxed to Carmen Hidalgo to (718) 643–9296 or e-mailed to

Don’t delay, kids, this is one heck of a summer opportunity.

Welcome aboard

The American Heart Association-American Stroke Association has appointed new executive board members to its Brooklyn Board of Directors, including: Hal L. Chadow, MD, FACC; Sam Ibrahim; Richard Mandell; Mr. Brooklyn himself, Marty Markowitz; Jonathan D. Marmur, MD, FACC; Terrence Sacchi, MD, FACC; Vinay Tak, MD, FRCS, (EDIN), FACS; Toni Williams; and Paul Zagami, R.Ph., MBA.

The incoming members are experienced in several industries from the world of finance to the fields of medicine and health sciences. With a new Brooklyn Board of Directors specialized in medicine, business, and community involvement, the American Heart Association is excited to continue raising awareness about the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Standing O wishes the new board success and a long tenure.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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