Dr. Agnes Belval Ragone Memorial Endowment

Dr. Ragone worked for over 20 years at Shippensburg University until her retirement in 2018. Her commitment to leadership through service was shaped by her own upbringing. Born in Algeria during wartime, Dr. Ragone’s family had to take refuge in France. A few years later, her parents sent her to Spain so she could further her education. As her father was a medical doctor and her mother a nurse who practiced in a rural community in France, Dr. Ragone learned from them how to serve others without expecting anything in return.
During her tenure at Ship, Dr. Ragone spearheaded many community projects in which both French and Spanish majors and minors would participate. In 2012, she created the Project Gros Mangle to help this impoverished area of Haiti on the island of La Gonave. This memorial endowment will allow French majors or minors to participate in this project and continue Dr. Ragone’s legacy.
This fund will be used to facilitate and enrich service-learning experiences available to undergraduate students through the Department of Global Languages & Cultures and may be used to support student travel and expenses associated with service-learning trips to Haiti.

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