Message From the Dean

Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D.

Dear Friend of PCPS,

It is so hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since the start of our Leahy Clinic and 15 years for the PCPS Leahy Center.  Look how far we have come!

The Panuska College of Professional Studies, the faculty, staff and students and our benevolent donors, have accomplished so much.  I invite all of you to join in these anniversaries and celebrate our mission and the success of our students.  As we begin a new academic year in August 2018, we can only dream of possibilities. Thank you to the Leahy Center staff: Dr. Andrea Manitone, Dr. Maria Vital, Mrs. Kristen McIntrye, our wonderful coordinator of the counseling clinic, Ms. Gerianne Barber, the physical therapy clinic, Dr. Peter Leininger et al., the low vision clinic, Dr. Julie Nastasi, the medical clinic¸ Dr. Michael Tedesco, and our many, many volunteers and donors. You are truly “men and women for and with others.”

In sum, I pray that kindness and hope light up the time we have been given.  Thank you for all of your actions that are made in love. I leave you with this poet, W.S. Merwin.



By W. S. Merwin

With what stillness at last

you appear in the valley

your first sunlight reaching down

to touch the tips of a few

high leaves that do not stir

as though they had not noticed

and did not know you at all

then the voice of a dove calls

from far away in itself

to the hush of the morning

so this is the sound of you

here and now whether or not

anyone hears it this is

where we have come with our age

our knowledge such as it is

and our hopes such as they are

invisible before us

untouched and still possible


W.S. Merwin, “To the New Year,” from Present Company (Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by W.S. Merwin. Reprinted with the permission of Copper Canyon Press,