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Via Sapientiae Award

The Via Sapientiae Award is the highest award that the university can bestow upon a member of its community. It recognizes both faculty and staff members who have made distinctive and extraordinary contributions to the university throughout their professional lives. Recipients must have contributed a minimum of 10 years of service to the university, and nominations are made at the time of retirement, or posthumously.

This award is normally conferred at the annual May employee service awards event.

Deans and Vice Presidents may submit nominations for eligible faculty and staff from their units at any time during the academic year, but only after the retirement decision has been confirmed by Human Resources. The deadline for nominations for honorees at the May celebration is one month prior to the event.

Nomination letters should briefly describe the “distinctive and extraordinary contributions” of the faculty or staff member.

Nomination letters are submitted to the Senior Executive for University Mission who will forward them to the president for his consideration.

Once approved, the honoree will be notified by the Senior Executive for University Mission. The nominator will also receive notice.

Retirement decisions made too late in the academic year to be included in the May Service Awards luncheon will be held over until the next year, unless special circumstances warrant a more immediate, ad-hoc presentation as requested by the respective Dean or Vice President.

The Office of Public Relations and Communications will prepare the text of the award citation. The Office of University Events will contact honorees and invite them to attend the May conferral. The Office will also prepare the citation for presentation by the president.

Deans and Vice Presidents can submit posthumous nominations upon the passing of an eligible employee. The Office of University Events will work with the nominator to provide a quick turnaround if the award is to be presented at an imminent wake, funeral or memorial service. If the family wishes, the award can also be conferred at the annual ceremony.

Past Recipients


Larry Bennett​ Political Science​
​Darsie Bowden Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse​
​Judy Bundra ​School of Music
​Helmut Epp CDM​
​Gwyn Friend ​Enrollment Management & Marketing
Nancy Hil​ ​College of Business
​Donna Max Office of the Provost​
​Patricia Monaghan School for New Learning (Posthumous)​
​Brian Spittle ​Enrollment Management & Marketing​​


Nina Diamond Marketing (Academic)​
​Animesh Ghoshal Economics​
Martin Kalin​ CDM​
​James Masken ​Posthumous
Robert O'Keefe​ Marketing (Academic)​
​Margaret Oppenheimer Economics​
​Thomas Paetsch ​Information Services
​Barbara Speicher Communication​


J. Marshall Ash Mathmatical Sciences
David Barnum Political Science
Miriam Ben-Yosef School for New Learning
Marion Blackmon LAS
Judith Bramble Science and Health
John Bridges Theatre School
Karen Budd Psychology
Grace Budrys Sociology
Patrick Callahan Political Science
William Calzaretta LAS
Linda Camras Psychology
Susanne Cannon Business
Leonard Cavise Law
Edwin Cohen Accounting
Jonathan Cohen Mathmatical Sciences
Sheldon Cotler Psychology
Susanne Dumbleton School for New Learning
Katheryn Dutenhaver Law
Susanna Epp Mathmatical Sciences
Sue Epps Office of the Dean
William Fahrenbach English
Ali Fatemi Finance
Anastasia Gonzalez Theatre School
Mechthild Hart School for New Learning
Hugh Ingrasci English
James Krokar History
Joan Lakebrink Education
Wayne Lewis Law
Howard Lindsey LAS
Margaret Mazik Advancement
Michael Mezey Political Science
Janet Messmer Theatre School
Jeremy Mulderig English
Rev. J. Patrick Murphy, C.M. Public Service
Jill O’Brien Communication
Mary Lou O’Brien Student Affiars
David Pellauer Philosophy
Richard Ryan School for New Learning
Deborah Schmidt-Rogers Residential Education
Craig Sirles English
Andrew Suozzo Modern Languages
Donna Washington Human Resources
Rafaela Weffer Academic Affiars
Christine Werdrick School of Nursing
Midge Wilson Women's and Gender Studies


The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2012 are:

Helen Marlborough English
John Robe​rts Law​

The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2011 are:

Linda Morrissett Library Services
Michael Murray Law​

The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2010 are:

John Milton Physics Depart​ment
Effat Moussa Mathematics Department
Margaret Power Universit​y Library

The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2009 are:

M. Cherif Bassiouni College of Law
Kristine Garrigan English Department​
Peter Pereira School of Educa​tion
Carol Wren School of Education

The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2008 are:

Bob Acker University Library
Rosemary Bannan Sociology Department
Donald DeRoche School of Music​​
Betsy Hamilton Theatre School
Sr. Frances Ryan, D.C. School of Education

The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2007 are:

Anthony Behof Physics Department
David Justice Lifelong Learning and Suburban Campuses
Philip Kemp Marketing Department​​
Marilyn Woitel College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2006 are:

Fred Arditti College of Commerce​
Ashok Batavia College of Commerce
Doris Brown Teaching & Learning Resources
Thomas Gunty College of Commerce

The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2005 are:

Enrique Arias School for New Learning
Paul Camenisch Religious Studies Department
Jerry Goldman Mathematics Department
John Kordek Associate Vice President for External Relations
John Leahy Religious Studies Department
Sara Melford Chemistry Department
Gerald Paetsch College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Gemma Welsch College of Commerce

The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2004 are:

Tom Murphy Environmental Science Department
Roger Jones Mathematics Department​​
Mark Zinger School of Music

The recipients of the Via Sapientiae Award for 2003 are:

George Flynn School of Music​​
Jeanne LaDuke Mathematics Department
Nancy Rospenda Psychology Department
John Schoulz Director of Financial Aid