Archive for November, 2015

UNICO National combats negative prejudice and discrimination against Italian Americans through its Anti-Bias committee. The true leadership of UNICO National in combating negative sterotypes has been through higher education, an endeavor supported by Frank Lollino Jr. In 1986 UNICO supported the creation of the first academic Chair of Modern Italian History at the University of Connecticut. Arduous fund raising and consistent determination resulted in the successful $1 million goal in 1992, and Professor John Davis became the first Noether Chair in Modern Italian History.

Frank Lollino Jr

Frank Lollino Jr

Seton Hall added its first Italian Studies Chair in 1998 with the help of UNICO National. The New Jersey membership of UNICO enthusiastically created an endowment for an Italian Library Collection. In 1994 a third chair campaign was launched, resulting in the first Graziadio Chair for Italian Studies at California State University in Long Beach. Accompanying the Graziadio Chair effort was the first Fellowship endowment for Italian-American History, a point of pride for Frank Lollino Jr. In 1998 the Brookhaven, New York Chapter began its campaign for a Chair in Italian Studies at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. Work for the Chair at Montclair State University began in 2001.

Frank Lollino Jr. has felt honored and proud to work with UNICO National in these charitable efforts, both past and future. Through education endowments and scholarships, the original visions of founders Vastola and Rizzuto to raise awareness of Italian Americans and end discrimination are being met. Over 15 scholarships are granted by the Foundation each year for those who wish to study medicine, history and archaeology, science, music, nursing and post graduate academics. Undergraduate study scholarships are also part of the scholarship grants.

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Frank Lollino Jr.’s companions Ruby and Primo are pit bulls, a controversial dog breed. A nine-year study of fatal dog attacks in the U.S. found pit bulls implicated in 42 of 101 known breed attacks. A 1991 study reported that 93% of attacks on children by pit bulls were unprovoked. Other studies include a 5-year review of fatal dog attacks where 29% of 84 deaths implicated pit bulls, and a 20-year study by the American Veterinary Medical Association of fatal dog attacks on humans found that “fatal attacks on humans appear to be a breed-specific problem (pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers),” and that “pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half” (67%) of all the 238 recorded dog bite-related fatalities (DBRF) in the United States during that period, with pit bulls accounting for 66 deaths. The AVMA later reversed its position on breed as a factor in dog bite fatalities, of interest to pit bull lover Frank Lollino Jr.

Frank Lollino Jr

Frank Lollino Jr

A five-year study of dog attack victims at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia indicated that pit bulls were responsible for more than half the bites, when the breed was identified by the victims. “…the overwhelming number of bites involving pit bull terriers in this study and others certainly has some degree of validity when it comes to identifying bite-prone breeds. Pit bull terriers, German shepherds, and Rottweilers were the offending breeds implicated in our study”. Frank Lollino Jr. takes exception to these kinds of conclusions about his beloved pit bulls.

Lane Technical Preparatory High School became a college preparatory institution in the 1930’s. Lane Tech Prep is still housed at the campus which opened in 1934, with 30 acres of landscaped space for students. Lane Tech went coed in 1971, and today women make up over half of the Lane Tech Prep student body. Lane still emphasizes the technological aspects of a college education and now offers study to students from the seventh through the twelfth grades. The overwhelming majority of Lane students earn degrees in a variety of fields, including architecture, engineering, medicine, mathematics, science, journalism, accounting, music, art, and teaching. Frank Lollino Jr. was privileged to teach Physical Education at Lane Tech.

Frank Lollino Jr

Frank Lollino Jr

7000 students were enrolled at Lane Prep by 1930, and it was vastly overcrowded, leading to the decision to build a new Lane Tech. Upon opening day of the new campus, 9000 young men initiated the new school by walking from the Cubs Park to the doors. Such a population of students necessitated classes in shifts. Lane students provided four Red Cross ambulances, a B-17 Flying Fortress warplane and 3 million dollars in war bonds through there overwhelming efforts in war drives. The Red Scare in the 60’s and fears about the Space Race led Lane to close its admissions to only those which would make the greatest contributions to American science advances. Over 1500 boys protested at the Board of Education’s decision to admit girls in order to bolster enrollment in 1971. Despite fears to the contrary, the overall academic quality of the school improved after the coed decision was reached. The Lane Technical Preparatory High School of Frank Lollino Jr. still boasts the majority of athletic championships, has a college attendance rate of 85%, and records more Ph.D.’s as former graduates of Lane than any other high school in the United States.

Frank Lollino Jr. won championships at Morton College, a traditional public institution, with academic studies arranged in semesters.  As a junior college, Morton offers certification and Associates Degrees in a number of different disciplines, including the Consumer and Human Sciences, Health Professions, the Humanities, and the Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Morton is proud of offering a very productive student to teacher ratio of 18 students to each faculty member.  Morton also encourages adult education by giving appropriate credit for work and life experience toward certain degrees, known by Frank Lollino Jr.

Frank Lollino Jr

Frank Lollino Jr

Morton offers a full-service library, newly opened in 2005 with complete wireless access, group study rooms, a cyber café and a vastly increased number of computers, as well as complete academic counseling services in the Student Success Center, where tutoring and career assistance are also available.  Nearly half of Morton students have applied for and been granted scholarship and grant aid to assist in their college expenses.  Frank Lollino Jr.’s athletes benefited from the scholarship program which assisted more than a few of the Panthers in pursuing their academic and sports dreams.  Morton College was originally established to offer education to the Illinois suburbs of Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook and Stickney.

Morton College today is known for a university transfer program of excellence, as well as its mission to provide career education, community development, and continuing education programs for adults.  Morton is proud of its past, and honors its rich community and industrial history in the Hawthorne Works Museum and Heritage Hall.