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

Monica MariciniakMonica Marciniak, Global, Cultural and Language Studies lecturer, received 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

Lesley KleveterLesley Kleveter, an adjunct faculty member, received the award 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.

Service to College

Jeri CollierJeri Collier, assistant registrar, was given 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

Alicia CyrAlicia Cyr, registrar generalist, 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

Merissa EdwardsMerissa Edwards, Athletics Department administrative assistant, won 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

Jill DupontLaura JohnsonLaura Johnson, senior alumni relations officer, and Jill Dupont, associate history professor, won awards in the category of 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

Hong-Ming LiangHong-Ming Liang, associate history professor, received the Tassie McNamara Award. The highest honor presented by the student body to a faculty or staff member, this award recognizes those who exemplify the spirit of St. Benedict through administrating, teaching or working at the College.

The Max H. Lavine Award

Gina DiazGina Diaz, assistant nursing professor, received the Max H. Lavine award. The highest award for teaching excellence at the College, the Lavine 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.

The Equal Access Award

Lindsay PaceyLindsay Pacey, anatomy lab director, was the recipient of 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

Communications, Theatre departmentThe Vivat Volunteer Award for the department with the most volunteer hours served went to the Communication, Theatre, and Art Department.

Previous Recipients

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

The Excellence Awards

Sarah Brokke-Erickson during the award ceremony

Scholarly and Creative Activity

Sarah Brokke-Erickson won the Excellence Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

Alison Champeaux during the award ceremony

Advising and Mentoring

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

Tara Serck during the award ceremony

Advising and Mentoring

Tara Serck, senior budget analyst, was recognized for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.

Megan Perry-Spears during the award ceremony

Service to College

Megan Perry-Spears, dean of student affairs, won the Excellence in Service to the College award.

Shawn Olesewski during the award ceremony

Service to Community

Shawn Olesewski, outdoor recreation coordinator, won the Excellence Award for Service to the Community.

Diane Swanoski during the award ceremony

Living Our Values

Diane Swanoski, administrative assistant, received the Excellence Award for Living Our Values.

Lexie Generous during the awards ceremony

Inclusive Excellence

Lexie Generous, safe campus intervention coordinator, was recognized for Inclusive Excellence.

The Tassie McNamara Award

Paul Stein during the awards ceremony

Paul Stein, chemistry professor, received The Tassie McNamara Award.

The Max H. Lavine Award

Lynne Raschke during the awards ceremony

Lynne Raschke, associate professor of physical sciences, is the Max H. Lavine award recipient.

The Benedictine Professorship Award

Randall Poole during the awards ceremony

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 ceremony

SueAnne Mattson, associate professor of nursing, won the Equal Access Award.

The Vivat Volunteer Award

OneStop - The Vivat Volunteer Award winner

OneStop Student Services won the Vivat Volunteer Award.

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.