2017 Medalist Recipients Announced
Marywood University awarded medals for academic excellence and achievement during separate hooding and honors convocation ceremonies on Friday, May 19, 2017. The honored graduates were from Marywood University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Reap College of Education and Human Development, the Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts, the College of Health and Human Services, the Munley College of Liberal Arts, and the School of Architecture.
William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies awarded to Kelly Carroll. This medal was founded by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund in memory of William G. McGowan.
Sister Saint Agnes Medal for Excellence in Business awarded to Deborah Jane Buzunis. This medal was founded by Ms. Angela Moran in memory of Sister St. Agnes Moran.
Haggerty Medal for Leadership and Academic Excellence in Counselor Education awarded to Sarah Lynn Davis. This medal was founded by Trustees of the estate of Loretta Haggerty.
Walton Medal for Excellence in Public Administration awarded to Nicole A. Brown. This medal was founded by Dr. Clarence C. and Elizabeth Walton.
Polizzi Medal for Scholarship and Community Service awarded to Chelsea T. Collins. This medal was founded by the Student Association, School of Social Work, in memory of Anthony C. Polizzi.
Geffen Medal for Outstanding Performance in practicum Education awarded to Kevin R. Myers, Jr. This medal was founded by Friends and Co-Workers in memory of Albert Geffen.
Melvin Medal Graduate Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Investigation awarded to Chelsea T. Collins. This medal was founded by Sister M. Constance Melvin, IHM in honor of Francis L. and Kathryn Melvin.
Thomas J. Keenan M.D. Medal of Excellence in the Physician Assistant Program awarded to Taylor M. Schroeder. This medal was founded by Mrs. Mary Keenan Hecht in honor of her brother.
Sister M. Eva Connors Peace Medal awarded to Sr. Kevin Karimi. This medal was founded in memory of Sister M. Eva Connors, IHM.
Kappa Gamma Pi Medal for General Excellence awarded to Haven Christine Donovan and Amanda L. Paci. This medal was founded by the Scranton Chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society.
Saint Luke Medal for Excellence in Art awarded to Kelsey Brown Van Horn. This medal was founded by Helen E. Leonard in memory of Mary E. Barrett.
Edward Gayeski Medal for Excellence in Design awarded to Emily Elizabeth Pieshefski. This medal was founded by Mrs. Galba Lori Gayeski, in memory of her husband, Edward Gayeski.
Thomas and Norah Clarke Medal for Excellence in Business awarded to Joseph Farrell Hunt. This medal was founded by The Clarke Family in memory of their parents, Thomas and Norah Clarke.
Lynett Medal for Academic Distinction in Communication Arts awarded to Martin Jerome Lambert. This medal was founded by the ate E.J. Lynett in memory of his wife, Ellen Ruddy Lynett.
Margaret T. Lunney Medal for Outstanding Performance in the Study of Communication Sciences and Disorders awarded to Taylor M. O’Neil. This medal was founded by Miss Dorothy R. McNulty in honor of Miss Lunney.
The Sister Regina Barrett Medal for Excellence in Early Childhood Education awarded to Rebekah Elyse Marsh. This medal was founded in honor of Sister Regina Barrett, IHM, by Superintendent Patricia C. Leamy.
Sister M. Immaculata Gillespie Medal for Excellence in the Secondary Education Program awarded to Heather Michelle Kani. This medal was founded by Elizabeth Young Arvad, M.D.
Rosemary Carroll Kazimer Medal for Excellence in Elementary Education awarded to Leanne Jennifer McManus. This medal was founded by Dr. Mary Louise Keeney in honor of Mrs. Kazimer.
Margaret Ruddy Dougherty Medal for Academic Excellence in Special Education awarded to Samantha Nicole Angst. This medal was founded by Regina, Edward, William Fahey and Mary Fahey McGarry.
Harold Brislin Medal for Distinction in Creative Writing awarded to Jessie Katrina Linde. This medal was founded by Gene Brislin, in memory of her husband, J. Harold Brislin, a Pulitzer Prize Winner.
Sister M. Charitas Loftus Medal for Excellence in Poetry awarded to Jamie Marisa Linde. This medal was founded by Jemille A. Zaydon and Friends and Alumni.
Dr. Wanda Persichetti Medal for Excellence in Foreign Language awarded to Aubrey LeDonne. This medal was founded by Friends of the late Dr. Wanda M. Persichetti.
Sister M. Clare Kelley Medal for Excellence in Music awarded to Eivion Connor Williams. This medal was founded in memory of Sister M. Clare Kelley by her friends, alumnae, and former music student of Marywood University.
Sister Davidica Keldea Medal for Excellence in Voice awarded to Rebecca Darling. This medal was founded in memory of Sister M. Davidica Kildea, IHM, by the Keldea Family.
Nemotko Medal for Distinction in Nursing awarded to Natalie Marie Wasko. This medal was founded by Mrs. Anthony J. Nemotko in memory of her husband, Anthony J. Nemotko.
Shaffer Medal for Nutrition and Dietetics awarded to Josee Marie Gallant. This medal was founded by C. Norman Shaffer, LL.D., in memory of Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart Walsh, IHM, and Sister Margaret Mary Howley, IHM.
Mary Pace Medal for Excellence in Philosophy awarded to Joseph Michael Duda. This medal was founded by Reverend William J. Pace in memory of his mother, Mary Pace.
Medal for Excellence in Psychology awarded to Deanna Marrie Eilenberger. This medal was founded by The Psychology Club in honor of Sister M. St. Mary Orr, IHM, and Sister M. Bernardina McAndrew, IHM.
Czachor Medal for Distinction in Religious Studies awarded to Rose Virginia Mrdjenovic. This medal was founded by the Czachor family of Archbald, Pennsylvania.
Sister Maria Laurence Maher Medal for Excellence in Biological Studies awarded to Rebecca A. Lukasak. This medal was founded in memory of sister Maria Laurence Maher, IHM, by her family.
Sister M. Sylvia Morgan Medal for Pre-Medial Studies awarded to Sarah Gabrielle Rotell. This medal was founded by Elizabeth Young Arvad, M.D.
Philip E. Mulry Medal for Excellence in Chemistry awarded to Paul M. Kraycer. This medal was founded by the Mulry Family in memory of Philip E. Mulry Sr.
The Jenkins-Colis Gilroy Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Social Work awarded to Gina Maria Morgese. This medal was founded by BSW students in memory of Brian Jenkins, Class of 1979, and Patricia Colis Gilroy, Class of 1976.
Barrett Medal for Outstanding Service and Scholarship in the Field of Legal Studies, History and Criminal Justice awarded to Maryrose Evanella. This medal was founded by Sigma Pi Mu in honor of Dr. John W. Barrett.
Jordan Medal for Excellence in the Social Sciences awarded to Nicole Elizabeth Tanana. This medal was founded by The Misses Jordan in memory of their brother, Reverend Richard D. Jordan, JCL.
Sister M. Eva Connors Peace Medal awarded to Aubrey LeDonne. This medal was founded in memory of Sister M. Eva Connors, IHM.
Dolores M. Ackourey Medal for Excellence in Leadership and Human Relations awarded to Joseph Farrell Hunt. This medal was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Williams P. Ackourey in memory of their daughter, Dolores.
Judith Piznar Medal for Leadership and Service to Youth awarded to Gina Maria Morgese. This medal was founded in memory of Judy Piznar by her parents Robert and Catherine Piznar.
Sister M. Margrete Kelley Medal for Distinction in Service awarded to Maria A. Temples. This medal was founded by Anna G. Kirby in memory of her sister, Sister M. Margrete Kelley, IHM.
Robert E. Quinnan Medal for Distinguished Service in the Alphonsian and IHM Tradition awarded to Paul M. Kraycer. This medal was founded by Catherine Quinnan, in memory of her husband Robert E. Quinnan.
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