USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. congratulates Yvette Fagan, winner of the ITS Part-Time Faculty Innovations Award for incorporating new
ways of using information
technology in the classroom.
The University of San
recognized outstanding faculty and staff for their accomplishments and service
at the annual Merit and Service Awards May 4.
Awards honored the highest standards of professionalism,
personal achievement, and dedication to USF as expressed in service,
creativity, and innovation.
Recognized with the Ignatian Service Award for service to students was Professor of economics Bruce
Wydick, singled out for incorporating
classroom learning with service while putting students to work researching the
efficacy of child-sponsor programs in six developing countries.
Term Assistant Professor and Director of the Gellert
Foundation Family Business Center Monika Hudson won the Faculty Service-Learning Award. “In the three years since her appointment as a
full-time faculty member in the School of Business and Professional Studies,
(Hudson) has supervised over 99 service-learning projects involving 49
different community partners,” the awards committee noted.
The Sarlo Prize,
recognizing excellence in teaching that exemplifies the ethical principles that
inform USF’s vision, mission, and values, went to Elisabeth Jay Friedman,
associate professor of politics. Friedman
has gained a reputation among students and fellow faculty for her intellect,
command of her subject as the chair of the Latin American studies program, and
devotion to students, a colleague said in a nominating letter to the awards
Mary Jane Niles,
professor of biology, was named Faculty Mentor of the Year for her support of students as the chair of USF’s
Pre-Professional Health Committee for more than 10 years and as the faculty
adviser for the biology honors society, Beta Beta Beta.
Mary Coen, associate
director of the dual degree in teacher preparation program, won Staff
Mentor of the Year for her tireless
efforts in advising more than 85 undergraduate students and as the fieldwork
coordinator in charge of placing those students in San Francisco schools.
The ITS Part-Time Faculty Innovations Award for incorporating new ways of using information
technology in education went to Yvette Fagan, School of Education. Fagan’s students used multiple
software programs to create movies of students studying social sciences and
developing Internet-based learning activities.
assistant professor in the College of Business and Professional Studies,
claimed the ITS Full-Time Faculty Innovations Award for using software and Internet program Blackboard
and wikis to efficiently manage his classes, and spearheading a class dedicated
to online business applications.
Kerry Donoghue, who helps manage and administer USF’s social
justice programs and is the managing editor of Peace Review, was a Merit Award winner.
Dennis Miller also won a Merit Award. Colleagues called
Miller “a man for others” and a “take-care-of-it” individual who oversees 16-20
student staff and who made USF’s P-card program a resounding success.
Joanna Woo, office assistant for the College of Business and
Professional Studies’ MBA program, won a Merit Award, for stepping into the
director’s position when there was a vacancy for four months and for modeling
the Jesuit ideal of serving “the whole person” by volunteering at her church.
Lee Ryan, senior reference librarian of the Dorraine Zief
Law Library, was awarded the Fr. William J. Dunne Award for stepping in to fill
a void when her director left. Ryan exceeded expectations, took on extra work
and long hours, and provided support where others might have buckled, according
ITS’ DonsApps project team earned the 2010 Team Merit Award
for converting USF’s email and calendaring systems and training 3,000 USF users
on DonsApps in the face of an aggressive timeline.
Among dozens of Service Awards that went to faculty and
staff who have been with USF from five to 40 years, Hartmut Fischer, Alan
Heineman, Patricia Hill, Nicholas Imparato, Geraldine Lauro, Colin
Silverthorne, Gary Stevens, and David Weiner were honored for four decades of
Wayne Becker, Janice Dirden-Cook, and BJ Johnson
were recognized for 35 years of service to USF.