Thanking Our 20- and 10-Year Employees
During the annual event that Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., CUA president, rates as one of the best of the year, he and the university community honored current CUA faculty and staff who have reached the milestone of having worked 10 or 20 years at the university.
“Service is what this evening is all about, 10 years, 20 years,” he told the assembled honorees at the Annual Service Awards Dinner in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center on Nov. 17. “I thank you all for your service here and I feel a great sense of pride in this community as I look around the room.”
||Father O'Connell with 20-year honoree Amy Antonelli, assistant dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.|
After the crowd of 200 employees and their loved ones had enjoyed a formal dinner and listened to the singing of the CUA student ensemble Redline A Cappella, Vice President for University Relations and Chief of Staff Frank Persico called the 20-year employees present at the dinner to the podium. In doing so, he shared the following accolades about them:
Amy Antonelli, assistant dean in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, is an infectiously joyous person, gifted pianist, model of the educated musician and positive light for all students at the music school.
Jason Battle started at the university as a public safety officer, quickly advancing to the rank of lieutenant. In 1999, he became an access-control specialist, consistently providing the university with excellent service.
Rita Bogley, administrative assistant in the office of The Catholic Historical Review and the American Catholic Historical Association, is never too busy serving Church historians to respond to appeals for help from students and strangers passing by.
Diane Bunce, professor of chemistry, is a person of high energy and talent who has achieved national and international recognition for her work in chemical education, and always has time for a student in need.
Dennis Coyle has done more to prepare students for law school than any other member of the politics department’s faculty. As a professor of constitutional law and judicial process and as the official pre-law adviser in the department, he not only prepares students for the rigors of law school by teaching students through the case method, he has also spent countless hours advising students on how to apply to and prepare for law school.
Zofia Dunian is head of library collection management. Though she works behind the scenes, her management over the care and relocation of library collections has been crucial to the improvements in Mullen Library, such as the renovation completed in 2004.
Mary Anne Eley, receptionist/secretary in CUA’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, has been the warm heart and caring soul of the institute.
Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh is a clinical associate professor and director of the doctor of nursing practice and pediatric nurse practitioner programs, and has consistently shown a deep commitment to advancing pediatric health and nursing education.
John Kromkowski joined the CUA faculty after serving on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame. He has been a great mentor to our students, not just as a professor of American government, but also as an academic director of Washington and international internships.
Officer James Lee Jr. has valiantly served the Department of Public Safety as a campus police officer.
Anne Lesher is reference librarian for reference services. Students, faculty and co-workers frequently praise her high level of service, subject expertise and devotion to her research consultations, information literacy sessions, and work at the reference information desk.
Doris Malig, office manager for the law school’s Office of Academic Affairs, is conscientious, knowledgeable and committed to the operation of the school’s academic program. It is difficult to conceive of the law school community functioning without her steady guidance.
Steven Margeton, professor of law and director of the law school library, has elevated that library to a place of national prominence for its groundbreaking design and for the professional staff he has recruited and mentored.
|The 20-year honorees with Father O'Connell.
Rev. Frank Matera is among the most highly esteemed faculty members in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. An outstanding example of “the priest scholar,” he carries his gifts gently and is regularly called upon for his wisdom and guidance.
Veryl Victoria Miles, dean of the Columbus School of Law, is an expert in consumer bankruptcy law. Recognized for both her administrative leadership and her experience in legal education, she has served as deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools and as a member of the accreditation committee of the American Bar Association.
Lynn H. Monkres is government documents/acquisitions librarian at the law library. Much of his work is finding things — from arcane government publications to out-of-print books. He is often found behind the organ at law school events such as graduation and the annual Christmas party.
Roger Moore has performed quite a chore in completing his 20 years of service to CUA and — in his current assignment — keeping Regan residence hall clean.
Isabelle Muller, Vitreous State Laboratory project manager/adjunct professor of physics, is a renaissance woman whose specialty is nuclear chemistry. She radiates energy, intelligence and compassion for which there is no applicable Geiger counter.
Li Su, Vitreous State Laboratory assistant analytical lab manager, is known for her wonderful cooking outside of the lab. In the laboratory, she analyzes the finished recipes of VSL’s scientists. Her expertise makes her a crucial ingredient to VSL’s success.
Paul Taylor is a former assistant dean, current associate professor of music theory and history, and longtime trumpeter in the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.
Kenneth Turner for many years fixed desktop computer problems at the university. Several years ago, he took his skills to a new level, becoming the technical support manager for ResNet, where he makes sure our resident students have good network connectivity, working telephones and a clear cable TV signal.
Susan Weir has had many roles at the university: working for Mabel McGlothlin and Sister Rosemary Donley, as executive assistance for Ralph Beaudoin and Julie Englund, and now as office manager in CPIT. With a love of laughing, a unique vocabulary, and friends in every corner of the university, she instills pleasant order amidst a sometime sea of chaos.
There were five 20-year honorees who could not attend the dinner: Martha Hillard, custodian; Jean-Michel Heimonet, professor of modern languages and literatures; Beverly Kay, custodian; Jean-Claude Leon, coordinator of undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Business and Economics; and John White, professor of politics.
The university also honored the following 10-year employees:
Tia Aaron, administrative assistant, Columbus School of Law
||The 10-year honorees with Father O'Connell.|
Hajrija Alic, processing assistant, Mullen Library
Flor Argueta, assistant to the chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Veronica Benton, enrollment services assistant
Zulie Clark, all-trades mechanic, Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations
Sarah Duggin, associate professor of law
Susanna Fischer, associate professor of law
Daniel Foerst, manager of networks and security administration, CPIT
Michael Gorman, associate professor of philosophy
Rosina Iping, research associate, physics/Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences
Barbara McCoy, administrative assistant, Columbus School of Law
Leonora Neville, associate professor of history
Karen Porter, director of facilities administration and services, Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations
Edward Queen, telecommunication technician, CPIT
Joseph Santo, assistant dean, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Tsege Tekeste, custodian
Leslie Tentler, professor of history
Samuel Thomas, campus police officer, Department of Public Safety
Binh Tran, assistant dean, associate professor and chair of biomedical engineering
Laverne Tribble, custodian
Susan Warshawsky, director of grants and contracts in the university’s accounting office
Terrance Williams, associate professor of architecture and planning
Victor Williams, clinical assistant professor of law
Winnie Williams, custodian
Mark Wujcik, technical director, Department of Drama Scene Shop
The university also recognized employees at the dinner who have been at CUA longer than 20 years.
Marek Brandys—Vitreous State Laboratory
Stephen Schneck—Department of Politics
Adrienne Black—Department of Chemistry
John Convey—Department of Education
Monsignor Thomas Green—School of Canon Law
Morgan McDonald—Counseling Center
Leah Wolf—Student Accounts
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