Sister Mary Ann Borrello

Mary Ann Borello

Title: Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Company: Suffolk County Community College
Location: Central Islip, New York, United States

Sister Mary Ann Borrello, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Suffolk County Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and religion.

For nearly 50 years, Ms. Borrello has contributed her expertise in courses of marriage and family, race relations, cultural anthropology as well as the anthropology of religion and death. Over the course of her career, she has maintained an affiliation with the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill, Need York. Inspired by the education-oriented religious community, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in education from Fordham University in 1960, a Master of Arts in art and a Master of Arts in philosophy from St. John’s University in 1970 and 1980 respectively. Ms. Borrello is gratified to have established semester blood drives as well as the evening common hour program for evening students in an effort to give students the opportunity to engage in current and controversial issues at Suffolk County Community College. As an author, she published “Botanica-Spiritism in New York-Sociology” in 1976 and has been featured in the Natural History magazine, the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer for her research on Puerto Rican funerals, traditions and folk religion.

Additionally, she is credited with establishing the oldest food pantry existing on a college campus in the state of New York. From its establishment in 1976, each Thanksgiving the food pantry provides meals to around 1500 people. In addition to her professional career, she has served as the chair of various Sparkill community groups. For her contributions to the field, she is proud to have been the recipient of the 35 Year Service Award, the Member of the Year Award, the Apple Award for Service and the March of Dimes Leadership Award. Furthermore, the Leadership in Community Endowment was established in her name by the Guiesippe Nigro Lodge in 2019. Looking toward the future, she aims to continue contributing to her community and serving the sisters of her congregation.

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