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* Jacquie Fable ’10 Receives 2009 Frederick M. Nussbaum ’30 Award
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Jacquie Fable ’10 Receives 2009 Frederick M. Nussbaum ’30 Award
Jacquie Fable, a native of New Milford, Conn., majoring in biology, has been awarded the Frederick M. Nussbaum ’30 Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. The award is granted to an outstanding senior in recognition of his or her volunteer activities on the Rensselaer campus or his or her civic involvement in bettering the local community and its people.

The award was created by Jim Ferguson ’53 and his family in recognition of their father’s volunteer activities on not only the Rensselaer campus but also in the broader community of Troy. For over 50 years Frederick Nussbaum gave thousands of hours of time to others, according to family members.
Fable was presented with a check for $1,000 by Ferguson on Oct. 24 during the men’s ice hockey game against American International College.

“I was privileged to work with Jim Ferguson and understand how much this award reflects the values of his family,” said Rick Hartt. “The award further reinforces the values that Jacquie’s family has instilled in her, and also illustrates the important role that volunteerism and civic engagement play in a Rensselaer education.”

Fable has been a member of the Newman Catholic Fellowship since her sophomore year, and is now serving as vice president. As a member of the organization, she has been involved in a series of community service projects that included cooking at Joseph’s House, watching a WWII video with residents at Little Sisters of the Poor, and gardening at the Mohawk Animal Shelter, among others.

Also, Fable has been involved with Rensselaer’s chapter of the Circle K International organization — known as the largest collegiate community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world. A member since her freshman year, Fable previously served as president, and now holds a leadership position as lieutenant governor within the Capitol Division, which represents part of the New York state regions. Within the organization, she has worked with Albany Medical Center, the Ronald McDonald House, the Humane Society, the Latham Regional Food Bank, and several other organizations.

Following graduation, Fable plans to spend a year doing service work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, before heading to medical school. She is interested in pursuing an M.D./Ph.D., and would like to use her medical degree to treat children and newborn babies in developing countries, particularly Africa and Asia. Fable noted that she hopes that her fluency in French and future training will enable her to pursue research opportunities that would advance the field of pediatrics.
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Volume 3, Number 13, November 20, 2009
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