During a luncheon celebrating the end of its 104th school year, the College recognized faculty and staff members for outstanding achievements.
The 2016 award winners are:
Paul Stein, chemistry professor, won the Tassie McNamara Award, the highest honor presented by the student body to a faculty or staff member. The award recognizes those who exemplify the spirit of St. Benedict through administrating, teaching or working at the College.
Lynne Raschke, assistant professor of physical science, is the Max H. Lavine award recipient. The highest award for teaching excellence at the College, the award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to furthering the mission of the College through value-oriented teaching in the Benedictine tradition.
Randall Poole, history professor, is the Benedictine Professor General Education award recipient for excellence in teaching in the General Education Program.
Megan Perry-Spears, dean of students, won the Excellence in Service to the College award. This award recognizes outstanding service to the College, including both ad hoc and formal activities.
Shawn Olesewski, coordinator of Outdoor Recreation, won the Excellence Award for Service to the Community. This award recognizes important contributions to the community through service work that is reflective of the College's mission.
Sarah Brokke-Erickson, assistant professor of art, won the Excellence Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. This award goes to a faculty member whose exceptional merit in scholarly and creative activity provides a worthy example to peers.
Alison Champeaux, director of the Office of International Programs, was recognized for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring. This award recognizes and affirms the significant role of staff and faculty advising and mentoring in forming the minds and shaping the lives of students.
Tara Serck, senior budget analyst, was recognized for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring of colleagues. This award recognizes and affirms the significant role of staff and faculty advising and mentoring in forming the minds and shaping the lives of their co-workers.
Lexie Generous, Safe Campus intervention coordinator, was recognized for Inclusive Excellence. This award is given to a College individual, team, department or school who advanced equity, diversity and inclusion through dedication and exemplary leadership in providing services for diverse populations, fostering an inclusive environment inside/outside of the classroom and/or addressing equity.
Diane Swanoski, administrative assistant for the Student Center for Health and Well-Being and Career Services, received the Excellence Award for Living Our Values. This award recognizes excellence of faculty and staff who support and further the College's mission of preparing students for responsible living and meaningful work by exemplifying the Benedictine values in their work at the College.
SueAnne Mattson, assistant professor of undergraduate nursing, won the Equal Access Award. This award recognizes faculty who exhibit exemplary effort to engage students with disabilities in academic and interpersonal growth and development.
The Vivat Volunteer Award for the department with the most volunteer hours served went to OneStop Student Services.