Highlights from the President’s Awards Convocation
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The President’s Awards Convocation was held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center. The opening prayer was led by Rev. Matthew Simons, T.O.R., Director of Campus Ministry, following by the National Anthem by Isabella Tuttoilmondo. Speaker for the evening was Dr. John Miko, Associate Dean of the Shields School of Business.
The Awards Convocation was hosted by Honors students, Andrew Crusciel, an English-Pre Law major from Loretto, PA, and Megan Wood, a Psychology and Spanish dual-major from White Haven, PA.
Funded and Endowed awards were presented by Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., University President, and Dr. Karan H. Powell, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The following awards were presented:
Campus Ministry Stewardship Award
Dorothy Day Outreach Humanitarian Award
Julia Chmielowiec (Coventry, CT)
Justin McIntyre (Grantville, PA)
Act 101 Program Academic Achievement Award
Margaret M. Tobin Freshman/Sophomore Awards
Paige Bacigal (Campbell Hill, NY)
Jaela House (South Williamsport, PA)
Margaret M. Tobin Junior/Senior Award
Malcolm S. Knowles Continuing Education Award
Debra Foor (New Enterprise, PA)
Jacqueline Mazeika (Ebensburg, PA)
Rhea Gaunt Memorial Award
Anne Sloan Borland Award
Mark N. Shank Award
Class of 1982 Award
Kaylee Harford Award
Mary and Paul Zovinka Undergraduate Research Award
Angela (Bionas) Damin, R.N. Nursing Award
Theresa Wild Memorial Award
James W. and Helen Marie Lieb Award
Rev. Gabriel J. Zeis, T.O.R., Education Award
Rev. Gabriel J. Zeis, T.O.R., Franciscan Values Award
Christopher A. Collier Memorial Award
Richard Dorsey Muller Memorial Scholarship Award
Christian Griego (Carlsbad, CA)
Katie Page (Columbus, OH)
Daniel Henry (Hamburg, NY)
M. Jayne Kimlin Award in Physical Science
Armond A. Manfredi Junior Awards
Accounting—Randy McGee (West Leechburg, PA)
Finance—Kevin Smolyn (Holland, PA)
Management—Jenna Mastellone (New York, NY)
Marketing—Jarrod Piper (Hollidaysburg, PA)
Anthony and Mary Pekala Award
Paul Deskevich Outstanding Mathematics Student Award
Gunard B. Carlson Memorial Foundation/Creating Writing and Visual Arts Contest
Visual Arts Honorable Mentions
Cassidy Bezek (Johnstown, PA)
Kiley Pacun (Portage, PA)
Vittoria LaRosa (Wexford, PA)
Katelyn Diehl (Duncansville, PA)
Taya Whitfield (Marion Center, PA)
Visual Arts Overall Winner--Taya Whitfield
Creative Writing Honorable Mentions
Grace O’Connell (Tulsa, OK)
Faith McMullen (Loretto, PA)
Jonathan Kirk (Patton, PA)
Kei-Shon Graham, (Lancaster, PA)
Creative Writing Winners
1st place—Jack Weidner (Johnstown, PA)
2nd place—Scott Riner (Dysart, PA)
3rd place—Anthony Vassalotti (Duncansville, PA)
4th place—Wendelyn Bintrim (Johnstown, PA)
Dr. William B. and Patricia L. Furlong Upperclassman Scholarship Award
Ann Eppard Memorial Scholarship and Congressional Internship
Academic Achievement Awards
Mikayla Beck (Johnstown, PA)
Jonathan Kirk (Patton, PA)
Jillian Leppert (Alum Bank, PA)
Jarrod Piper (Hollidaysburg, PA)
Jack Weidner (Johnstown, PA)
Honors Program Graduates: Mikala Beck (Johnstown, PA); Mia Capuzzi (Latrobe, PA); Kelsey Donoughe (Altoona, PA); Samuel Forcenito (East Earl, PA); Emma Gentile (Evans City, PA); Kei-shon Graham (Lancaster, PA); Randee McGee (West Leechburg, PA) ; Haley Mesmer (Lexington Park, MD); Nathan Moore (Clymer, PA); Shaelyn Parry (Gibsonia, PA); Eva Schall (Apollo, PA); Joseph Theiss (Erie, PA); Jack Weidner (Johnstown, PA); and Madison Wright (Eaton, OH).
Mr. and Ms. Frankie Finalists: Ashley Astle (Turtle Creek, PA); Rebekah Finafrock (Fairfield, PA); Kari Lagan (Bel Air, MD); Lauren Montecalvo (Duncansville, PA); Jessica Woods (Ebensburg, PA); Dylan Gordon (Big Cove Tannery, PA); Kei-shon Graham, Randee McGee (West Leechburg, PA); Joseph Theiss (Erie, PA); and Jack Weidner (Johnstown, PA).
Mr. and Ms. Frankie for 2021 are Lauren Montecalvo (Duncansville, PA) and Dylan Gordon (Big Cove Tannery, PA).
Saint Francis Honor Society Distinguished Faculty Finalists: Dr. Carrie Beebout, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Sciences; Dr. Rosemary Bertossi, Professor of Religious Studies; Dr. Mark Buckwalter, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice; Dr. Jill Cavalet, Clinical Professor of Physician Assistant Sciences; Dr. Denise Holladay Damico, Associate Professor of History; Dr. Gail Drus, Associate Professor of Biology; Ms. Jessica Dunlap, Instructor of Accounting; Dr. Lane Loya, Professor of Biology; Dr. Angela Seidel, Associate Professor of Accounting; Mr. Kent Tonkin, Assistant Professor of MHRM and Management Information Systems; and Dr. Edward Zovinka, Professor of Chemistry.
Dr. Carrie Beebout, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Sciences, was the winner of the Saint Francis Honor Society Distinguished Faculty Award.
Gerald and Helen Swatsworth Faculty Award Finalists: Dr. Joel Bandstra, Professor of Environmental Engineering; Dr. Justin Merry, Professor of Biology; Dr. Angela Seidel, Associate Professor of Accounting; Dr. Brennan Thomas, Associate Professor of English; Mr. Kent Tonkin, Assistant Professor of MHRM and Management Information Systems; and Dr. Irene Wolf, Associate Professor of Biology.
Dr. Justin Merry, Professor of Biology, was the winner of the Gerald and Helen Swatsworth Faculty Award.
Also recognized as Professor Emeritus were Dr. Mark Lynch, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, and Dr. Stephen LoRusso, Professor Emeritus of Physical Therapy/Exercise Physiology.