Trustee is Keynote Speaker
Marywood University officially celebrated the new academic year at Fall Convocation on Thursday, September 19, 2013, focusing on the core value of respect.
Esteemed Marywood alumna and trustee Colonel Lorraine Rupp Breen ’78 was the keynote speaker at the event. The recipient of the 2013 Alumni Award of Excellence in Health and Human Services, she also received an honorary doctorate during the Convocation. Col. Breen, a Nutrition and Dietetics magna cum laude graduate, has long demonstrated leadership success in the health care, food service, and military professions. Following her graduation from Marywood, she traversed the nation and the world numerous times, while performing in positions of senior health care leadership in both the civilian and military sectors. Today, she is the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. The one thread in all her assignments has been her ability to lead large and small organizations while mentoring literally hundreds of people throughout her career. Reflecting Marywood University’s mission to prepare tomorrow’s leaders, Col. Breen has been a shining example for others to emulate.
In addition, faculty awards were presented during the convocation. Marywood’s 2013 CASE Professor of the Year is Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Foreign Languages Department, and the honoree for Distinction in One’s Discipline is Peter Hoffer, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Art.
Faculty honorees, pictured with the deans of their respective colleges. From left to right, Frances M. Zauhar, Ph.D., Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi, Ph.D., Marywood’s 2013 CASE Professor of the Year; Peter Hoffer, M.F.A., recipient of the 2013 Distinction in One’s Discipline Award; Collier Parker, M.F.A., Dean, Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts.