Camille P. Reale’s passion for education and her dedication to Sacred Heart University have culminated in a scholarship for business-minded women in the Greater Bridgeport area.
The Camille P. Reale Family Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance to full-time female undergraduate students who are enrolled in the Jack Welch College of Business.
The scholarship honors one of the University’s most enthusiastic professors. Reale joined the University in 1973 and retired 27 years later, in 2000. Throughout those decades, she served as teacher, mentor and role model to thousands of students.
“I was completely overwhelmed when they told me I would be honored,” said Reale, a Trumbull resident. “It was unbelievable.”
Last fall, Reale was honored at a Professor Emerita reception (the title was bestowed on her when she retired). More than 200 guests, including faculty and friends, family and former students of Reale, celebrated her service to the University and creation of the new scholarship. The SHU Alumni Association and SHU Association of Retired Professionals (SHARP) hosted the reception at the Frank and Marissa Martire Business and Communications Center.
“As was evident at the reception for Camille, her former students showed up. All of them related stories about how Camille played such an important role in their academic lives, as well as in their personal lives,” said Nancy Sidoti, founder of SHARP. “As she told her students during that time, ‘If you know how to type, you will never starve.’ And since, so many of those students are far from starving and have become successful in their careers.”
Reale began her career at SHU, which at the time was a “small commuter college,” as a professor of secretarial science. She was instrumental in developing the program, which provided students with a degree for administrative professionals when other colleges in the area were only offering certificates. Reale went to local high schools to recruit students to SHU and was successful doing so, as the program grew to include more than 300 students.
“Word-processing was the hot ticket back then,” Reale said. “We were teaching classes six days a week.” The surge in enrollment could be attributed to the desire to learn this hot new skill, which extended to faculty, she said.
Reale served as chair of the Department of Office Administration for 14 years and, as the business education program evolved, so did Reale’s teaching responsibilities. She became a tenured senior professor of management, making contributions that paved the way for the College of Business.
Reale taught business communications courses, as well as introduction to business. She also helped place students in internships, making sure they had educating experiences at various companies.
“We were pioneers; we built the foundation of the University,” she said.
The Carmen P. Reale Scholarship will be awarded annually, and all female undergraduate business students from the greater Bridgeport area are eligible to apply.
“As Sacred Heart attracts more students with higher academic backgrounds, this type of scholarship will enable those not financially able to support their education to enroll and remain at SHU to complete their studies,” Sidoti said.
Those interested in donating to the scholarship can contact Todd Gibbs, director of Alumni Relations, at 203-365-4526, or visit www.realescholarshipfund.com.