Distinguished Alumni Award
Awarded to a Molloy alumnus who demonstrates the true sprit of the College mission, and whose professional career is characterized by a series of outstanding achievements.
Carole Gerrity, Molloy College Class of 1960, has had a lifelong association to the College. After completing thirty-five wonderful years of teaching at Molloy, she has continued to help and inspire students by taking on the position of coordinator in the Division of Education computer lab.
During her tenure as a faculty member, Carole distinguished herself by receiving accolades from both her students in the education program and her fellow faculty members. She received the Faculty Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty in 1985 and 2003 and an Outstanding Faculty Award from the Class of 1999. Carole's additional honors including receiving the VERITAS Medal in 1986, the highest alumni award that is conferred by the President of Molloy College, and the first Coach of the Year Award in 1980. Carole was awarded the President's Distinguished Service Medal in 1988. In addition, she also received the President Forty Year Service Award in 2008, for her unfailing loyalty to Molloy and the students she has influenced
In 1973, Carole founded the Equestrian Team for the College and has remained the coach of that team until today. Through this team, she inspired and influenced an untold number of Molloy students. In 2010 Carole was installed in the Molloy College Athletic Hall of Fame for more than forty years of continuous coaching of the Molloy College Equestrian Team.
Carole was the owner and operator of a horse-boarding barn, Holy Spirit Farm in Syosset for almost 25 years and has served for thirteen years on the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Carole is the seventh person in the history of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association to receive the groups 2010 Pioneer Award.
Since 2005, Carole has been a riding instructor for Camp HorseAbility in Melville. The Champion of Service Award was awarded to Carole at the HorseAbility Gala in 2007 and the Ed Wrigley Sportsmanship Award in 2009. She served as judge at their regular and schooling shows and for the Special Olympics regional shows.
Carole received the Mother Elizabeth Seton Award, the Pope John XXIII Award, and in 2007, the Bishop John R. Mc Gann Award for more than thirty years of service to the Catechetical Ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Her teachings prepared seventh and eighth graders for Confirmation in St. Paul the Apostle in Brookville and St. Edward the Confessor in Syosset.
Carole is a Sacristan and an Extraordinary Minister at St Edward the Confessor in Syosset as well as an EM at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Hospital in Syosset. In addition, she serves on the Committee for the Long Island Show Series for Riders with Disabilities. (LISSRD)