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Honors Convocation Recognizes Exemplary Students, Faculty and Staff

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Caldwell, N.J., April 21, 2016 – Caldwell University held its honors convocation ceremony April 20 recognizing students, faculty and staff for their exemplary academics or commitment to the university.

Among the honors:

The 2016 Trustee Recognition Award was presented to senior Anabela Real Santos.

The Excellence in Leadership Award was given to senior Michael Francis Hartmann.

The Leadership in Ministry Award went to senior Chabwera Arkil Phillips.

The “C” Pin awards were presented to freshman Bilan Biju, sophomore Dennis Brady, junior Marisa Juliano and senior Erin Fitzpatrick. The awards are given to the individual in each class who exemplifies the qualities of an exemplary Caldwell University student.

The Frederick W. Neumann II Award for outstanding students who have demonstrated meritorious work in the biological sciences was presented to junior Tulaja Shrestha and Koumudi Thirunagaru.

Outstanding achievement awards for biological sciences research were presented to senior Christina Marie Blonski-Cupo and alumna Marlie F. Pimenta.

The Joseph A. Brady History Award was presented to senior John Peter Bramley Jr. The award was arranged by the Right Rev. Monsignor Joseph A. Brady in memory of his father, the late Joseph A. Brady, a faithful friend of the Sisters of Saint Dominic. It is presented for the best research paper submitted in a departmental outcomes assessment course during this academic year.

The Golden Eagle Award for Excellence in American History was presented to senior John Peter Bramley Jr. and B.A./M.A. student Sarah Katherine Schiffelbein. The award was established by Denise Doychak, class of 1962, in memory of her parents, Andrew and Elsie Doychak.

Nancy Cummings, university bursar, received the Caldwell Cup. Created in 1987, the cup is awarded to the employee who has made a unique contribution to the campus, who has exhibited a superior professional approach that goes beyond mere job description and that uniquely benefits Caldwell, and whose positive influence demonstrably affects the university community.

Dr. Thomas Keen, professor of business, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Each year the university presents the award to a faculty member who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and concern for students’ academic and personal growth.

Maureen McNish, retention specialist, was presented with the Mission in Action Award, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions and quality service of staff and acknowledges their integral role in advancing the university’s mission.

Colette Lindroth, Ph.D., professor of English, was named professor emerita, a title conferred upon faculty members or former faculty members who have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers, researchers, administrators or professional leaders.

A graduate award has been named in honor of Sister Brigid Brady, O.P., Ph.D. The Sister Brigid Brady, O.P., Delta Epsilon Sigma Graduate Student Awards will be given to graduate student members of DES who have shown a strong commitment to graduate study and who maintain the society’s ideal of service to others. Sister Brigid was a national executive board member, vice president and past president of the society. She spent 60 years as a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell, 43 teaching at Caldwell University.

Music was provided by the Caldwell University Jazz Band directed by music faculty Rob Middleton.