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Via Sapientiae Award

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Via Sapientiae Award is the highest award that DePaul can bestow upon a member of the university 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. Nominations are made at the time of retirement, or posthumously.

This award is conferred at the annual Academic Convocation in September.

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 is June 15. Nominations submitted after the deadline will be reviewed and, if approved, the award will be bestowed at the Academic Convocation the following year, unless special circumstances warrant a more immediate, ad-hoc presentation as requested by the respective Dean or Vice President.

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

Nomination letters are submitted to the Office of the President for consideration.

If approved, the honoree will be notified by the Office of the President. The nominator will also receive notice.

Deans and Vice Presidents can submit posthumous nominations upon the passing of an eligible employee. If approved by the president, University Marketing and Communication 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 be conferred at the next Academic Convocation.

Past Recipients

Maureen Ann Dolan

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Robert Garfield

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Linda Graf

College of Science and Health

Ronald Graf

College of Science and Health

Jeffrey Lanfear

University Counseling Services

Félix Masud-Piloto

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

John Ahern School of Accountancy/MIS
Frances Casey Community and Government Relations
Douglas Cellar Department of Psychology
Nell Cobb College of Education
Stanley Cohn Department of Biological Sciences
Aminah Al-Deen Department of Religious Studies
Donna DelGiudice Alumni and Adult Career Services
Bruce Evenson College of Communication
Mark Frigo School of Accountancy/MIS
Frida Furman Department of Religious Studies
Ocelia "Faye" Harris Undergraduate College Office
Paula Kagan School of Nursing
David Kalsbeek Enrollment Management and Marketing
Daniel Koys Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Xing "Lucy" Lu College of Communication
Carl Luft Department of Finance
Catherine Marienau School for New Learning
Elizabeth Murphy School of Accountancy/MIS
Carolyn Narasimhan Department of Mathematical Sciences
Belverd Needles, Jr. School of Accountancy/MIS
Cathy O'Brien Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Scienes
Lazarus Rice Information Services
Anita Rosso TRIO Student Support Services
Barbara Schaffer Office of Human Resources
Susan Stachler Institutional Research and Market Analytics
Charles Strain Department of Religious Studies
Kennth Thompson Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
The Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M. Secretary of the university; Vice President, Division of Mission and Ministry
Susan Wachowski Office of the University Registrar
Harold Welsch Department of Management and Entrepreneurship

James Belohlav

Driehaus College of Business

Jeffrey Bergen

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Jay Braatz

Office of the President

Linda Buchanan

The Theatre School

Margaret Burke

Division of Student Affairs

Robert Cavanagh

University Counseling Services

Lynne Copp

Career Center

Jessica Hallam

Office of University Events

Gayle Mindes

College of Education

Leslie Shook

The Theatre School

Maureen Talbot

Enrollment Management and Marketing

Larry Bennett Department of Political Science
Darsie Bowden Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse
Judy Bundra School of Music
Nan Cibula-Jenkins The Theatre School
Helmut Epp College of Comuting and Digital Media
Gwyn Friend Enrollment Management
Nancy Hil College of Business
Christopher Hoeppner DePaul University Library
Donna Max Office of the Provost
Patricia Monaghan School of Continuing and Professional Studies (Posthumous)
Brian Spittle Enrollment Management and Marketing

Bonnie Frankel

Vice President for Finance

Bob Kozoman

Executive Vice President

Eileen Seifert

Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse

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 of Continuing and Professional Studies
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 of Continuing and Professional Studies
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 of Continuing and Professional Studies
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 of Continuing and Professional Studies
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 Roberts 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 Department
Effat Moussa Mathematics Department
Margaret Power University 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 Education
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 of Continuing and Professional Studies
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