Lillian Wasserstein Caveglia
Lillian Wasserstein Caveglia served in the Reserve Room of the Nassau Community College library for 32 years. She absolutely loved her job, and worked there until she was 86 years old. A true Long Islander, she and her family settled in Levittown in 1948, residing in one of the first Levitt-built Cape Cod style houses. While her children were growing up in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, she worked tirelessly with many of her neighbors to insure that the Levittown public schools provided a strong and vibrant education for its young students.
Lillian’s dedication to strong educational values continued, as she began working at NCC in 1974. What she enjoyed most about her job was working closely with the students, always making sure that they received the correct textbooks, articles and other materials they required for their courses. She always greeted everyone with a smile and a willingness to help. She was beloved by the students she assisted, as they knew that she would do whatever it took to be certain they got what they came for at the library.
Part of Lillian’s dedication to her library position was her realization that she was on the “front line” at the reserve desk, and that the students she served, especially those just beginning their freshman year, were often scared and apprehensive. She knew that the quality of their experience at the library during the many hours they would spend there would have an enormous effect on their academic career; hence, her desire to go the extra mile for them held steadfast during her many years of excellent service.
This scholarship was established in loving memory of Mrs. Caveglia by her children, in honor of her impeccable work ethic, her love for the students, her encouragement of high standards in collegiate education, and, for her positive attitude in helping to provide a reassuring and stimulating library experience for everyone she served throughout her distinguished career at Nassau Community College.