Award Recipients

President Goodwin shaking hands with one of the award winners

Human virtue is strengthened when we practice it, and is most easily practiced when we see it modeled in others. For that reason, the College honors distinctive achievements in the work and activities of faculty and staff members.

These award recipients are innovating, creating, excelling and caring. They build community by leading through service.

The Excellence Awards

Scholarly and Creative Activity

Sarah Brokke-Erickson during the award ceremonySarah Brokke-Erickson 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.

Advising and Mentoring

Alison Champeaux during the award ceremonyAlison Champeaux, office of international programs director, was recognized for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.

 

Tara Serck during the award ceremonyTara Serck, senior budget analyst, 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.

Service to College

Megan Perry-Spears during the award ceremonyMegan Perry-Spears, dean of student affairs, won the Excellence in Service to the College award. This award recognizes outstanding service to the College, including both ad hoc and formal activities.

Service to Community

Shawn Olesewski during the award ceremonyShawn Olesewski, outdoor recreation coordinator, 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.

Living Our Values

Diane Swanoski during the award ceremonyDiane Swanoski, administrative assistant, 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.

Inclusive Excellence

Lexie Generous during the awards ceremonyLexie 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.

The Tassie McNamara Award

Paul Stein during the awards ceremonyPaul Stein, chemistry professor, received The Tassie McNamara Award. This is 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. First awarded in 1994, it promotes the unselfish spirit of the Benedictine tradition and is intended to show students' gratitude toward those individuals who possess the unselfish spirit of the Benedictine tradition. Candidates must be recommended by a currently enrolled student and be endorsed by a petition of at least 25 student signatures. Candidates are reviewed by a Student Senate committee, whose members choose the recipient.

The Max H. Lavine Award

Lynne Raschke during the awards ceremonyLynne Raschke, associate professor of physical sciences, 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 during the awards ceremonyThe Benedictine Professorship Award

History professor Randall Poole is the Benedictine Professor General Education award recipient for excellence in teaching in the General Education Program.

The Equal Access Award

SueAnne Mattson during the awards ceremonySueAnne Mattson, associate professor of 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

OneStop - The Vivat Volunteer Award winnerOneStop Student Services won the Vivat Volunteer Award. This award recognizes faculty and staff at the department level who volunteer at the College for campus-wide events such as Homecoming; student activities such as chaperoning dances and Community Day; or beautifying the campus through the gardens or clean-up initiatives. The goal is to increase participation and a spirit of volunteering to better exemplify our Benedictine values, especially those of community, stewardship, and hospitality.

Previous Recipients

We would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of our previous award winners.

The Excellence Awards

Portrait of William Hodapp

Scholarly and Creative Activity

Professor of English William Hodapp won the Excellence Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

Portrait of Vicki Zeman

Advising and Mentoring

Vicki Zeman, assistant professor in Health Information Management, was recognized for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.

Portrait of Mary Anderson

Service to College

Mary Anderson, career services director, won the Excellence in Service to the College award.

Portrait of Lisa LaCore

Service to Community

Lisa LaCore, program coordinator of Upward Bound Math and Science, won the Excellence Award for Service to the Community.

Portrait of Katie Wieliczkiewic

Living Our Values

Residence Life Coordinator Katie Wieliczkiewicz received the Excellence Award for Living Our Values.

Portrait of Jessica Johnston

Inclusive Excellence

Jessica Johnston, academic support services coordinator, was recognized for Inclusive Excellence.

The Tassie McNamara Award

Portrait of Julie Gehlen

Julie Gehlen, coordinator of the CLEAN Program received The Tassie McNamara Award.

The Max H. Lavine Award

Portrait of Jennifer Maki

Jennifer Maki, associate professor of chemistry, is the Max H. Lavine award recipient.

The Benedictine Professorship Award

Portrait of Jane Wattrus

Biology instructor Jane Wattrus is the Benedictine Professor General Education award recipient for excellence in teaching in the General Education Program.

The Equal Access Award

Portrait of Nathan Carroll

Nathan Carroll, associate professor of Communication, Theater and Art, won the 2015 Equal Access Award.

The Excellence Awards

Arshia Khan

Scholarly and Creative Activity

The 2014 Scholarly and Creative Activity Award recipient is Arshia Khan, department chair and associate professor of the School of Business and Technology.

Renee Saamanen

Advising and Mentoring

The 2014 Excellence Award for Advising and Mentoring recipient is Renee Saamanen, online student advisor.

Roberta Frankovich

Service to College

The 2014 Excellence in Service to College Award recipient is Roberta Frankovich, third shift housekeeper.

Tony Barrett

Service to Community

The 2014 Excellence in Service to Community Award recipient is Tony Barrett, economics professor.

Leigh Branovan

Living Our Values

The 2014 Excellence Award for Living Our Values recipient is Leigh Branovan, Student Support Services counselor.

Scott Holden

Inclusive Excellence

The 2014 Inclusive Excellence Award recipient is Scott Holden, collections coordinator.

The Tassie McNamara Award

Mary Alice Carlson

The 2014 Tassie McNamara Award recipient is Mary Alice Carlson, psychology instructor.

The Max H. Lavine Award

LeAnn House

The 2014 Max H. Lavine Award recipient is LeAnn House, professor of music.

The Benedictine Professorship Award

Bret Amundson

The 2014 Benedictine Professorship Award recipient is Bret Amundson.

The Equal Access Award

Diane Holliday Welsh

The 2014 Equal Access Award recipient is Diane Holliday-Welsh, assistant professor of Occupational Therapy.