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Elena Marie Habersky, Dallas, was among 25 members of The University of Scranton’s Class of 2013 to graduate from the university’s Honors Program. Habersky also participated in the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, placing her among the select few students able to graduate from two honors programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in international studies, with minors in philosophy, Arabic and theology, and a concentration in peace and justice studies. She received the Excellence in International Studies Award at graduation. Habersky’s research project, “The Fate of Egypt’s Coptic Christians as a Result of the Arab Spring,” examined the security and freedom of Egypt’s Christian minority following the fall of President Mubarak. She was mentored by William J. Parente, a professor of political science at the university. Habersky was among the five members of the university’s Class of 2013 selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards. She earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Jordan. Habersky is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Mu Gamma, Phi Alpha Theta, Theta Alpha Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu. She was also named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Habersky was a member of the Justice Club, United Students for Fair Trade, the Royal Historical Society, Scranton Emerging Leaders I and II, and a staff writer for the student newspaper. Habersky studied abroad in Ecuador, Jordan and Egypt, where she taught English and had a summer internship at Better World, NGO. She was awarded the Provost Grant to study Christianity in Uganda and the Magis and World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. Habersky is a graduate of Dallas High School.

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