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The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

Navigating College Stress: Effective Strategies and Le Moyne Resources for Student Well-being
Mai Aljanabi, Staff Writer • September 27, 2023

College life presents unique challenges and stressors for students, impacting their mental well-being and overall success. This article delves...

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Persistence Into Brilliance: Le Moyne Graduate and Actor Makes Major Mark
Kamilla Shahzad, Staff Writer • September 26, 2023

In the world of theater, Le Moyne College graduate John Douglas Thompson is known to possess an exceptional ability to captivate audiences, effortlessly...

Le Moyne Alum and MLB Star Josiah Gray Nominated for Roberto Clemente Award
Michael Scalise, Staff Writer • September 25, 2023

Here at Le Moyne, the phrase “Greatness meets Goodness” is at the very foundation by which the school stands, and it is safe to say that...

Career Advising & Development at Le Moyne
Career Advising & Development at Le Moyne
Carly Nicolai, Editor in Chief • September 18, 2023

“What do you want to do with your degree?” It’s a question many college students have heard before, whether it comes from friends and...

Growing Sunshine-Colored Flowers: Remembering Father Bosch
Growing Sunshine-Colored Flowers: Remembering Father Bosch
Stephanie R. Duscher, Staff Writer • September 16, 2023

Many Le Moyne students have likely walked by the lovely gardens outside the Jesuit Residence–a beautiful touch of color amidst the many cloudy...

Student of the Week: McKenzie Aviza


With the amount of work she has to take care of in her day-to-day life, perhaps it’s not too surprising that McKenzie Aviza’s post-graduate plans aren’t set in stone.

“It probably sounds horrible and scary coming from a second-semester senior, but I don’t have any major plans next year,” Aviza said.

Aviza, a senior history major with a concentration in adolescent and special education, does, however, have plenty of options to choose from.

“I might go to grad school,” she said. “I’m looking at UAlbany or Le Moyne. There’s also a couple of job opportunities, one as a teacher and one as a student advocate at Hillside Work-Scholarship [Connection], where I currently work.

“I want to do something where I travel,” Aviza continued. “I went on a road trip last year and it was so fun. I’d like to do something like that again when I’m financially able.”

Aviza is currently studying to be a social studies teacher, an interest that came about thanks to two Le Moyne faculty members – history professor Douglas Egerton and associate professor of education Cathy Leogrande.

“Egerton is a great guy,” Aviza explained. “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do and he helped me out. And Leogrande sold education to me. That says a lot about the quality of the teachers here. As a teacher, I hope I can instill my love of social studies into the students I work with.”

Aviza also keeps herself busy with Fermata Nowhere (Le Moyne’s student-run a cappella group), RA duties and the Le Moyne Student Dance Company (LSDC).

“[In addition to being a dancer], I’m the lighting coordinator for LSDC,” she noted. “I make sure the dances have light designers. I’m the link between LSDC and the Performing Arts Center, so I also do other things, like making sure the crew’s set and the music is uploaded into the system.

“I absolutely love LSDC because of the people I have met and the friendships I have made in that group,” Aviza said. “Everyone has a common love of dance, and it’s so great to be surrounded by such an energetic and talented group of people! LSDC is one of the most influential parts of my student life. I met people here [and in Fermata Nowhere and as an RA] I will not soon forget. They changed my life for the better.”

With graduation soon approaching, Aviza admits she’ll miss a great deal about Le Moyne.

“The biggest thing I’ll miss is the community that develops here,” she said. “I came here knowing one person: my sister, who was a year ahead of me. I’m leaving with the most important relationships I’ve ever had in my life. Le Moyne attracts a certain type of person: an outgoing, helpful person. That’s why it’s such a close-knit community. Everyone reaches out to everybody.

“…that and Pub Night,” she said with a laugh.

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