Honors All Around

Chris LowneyThe April 27th Honors Convocation was highlighted by roll calls for academic, athletic, and departmental honors, as well as the highly anticipated annual scholarship and awards presentations.

The convocation address was delivered by Chris Lowney, M.A., president of Pilgrimage for our Children’s Future, a non-profit foundation that funds education and healthcare for impoverished, developing world children and for their families. Mr. Lowney, a former Jesuit, is also the author of A Vanished World: Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment, an examination of Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations in medieval Spain, as well as “Heroic Leadership: Best Practices From a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World,” a study of the leadership practices of the Jesuits, the religious order founded by Ignatius of Loyola. Mr. Lowney has lectured as a guest of the College twice before.

The Dorothea E. Fenton ’28 Memorial Medal, presented from 1929 to 1962 to the senior “chosen by the faculty for qualities of cooperation and loyalty to the school.” (Fournier News, April 21, 1961) was reinstated in 2007 for presentation to a senior nominated by the faculty and staff. Business administration major Mark Hammons ’08 of Mt. Laurel, N.J., accepted the medal inscribed “The fruit of the spirit is charity.” He was congratulated by Mindy Welding, IHM, director of campus ministry (left) and Mary Darrah, SSJ, assistant to the president for mission and ministry.

   
Carole Jean Distinguished Service Award  President Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., (left) presented the 2008 Distinguished Service Award to Marian Brogan Ehnow ’62, (right) circulation librarian at Logue Library. The annual award is voted to a staff member by co-workers.
   
Fran Boshell  Fran Boshell ’09 was awarded the 2008 St. Catherine’s Medal, voted to a sophomore or junior who represents the high ideals of a Catholic college education. The recipient is selected by faculty and classmates on the basis of leadership and service. Fran is a native of Brooklyn, New York.
   
Joseph Kulkosky Angel Alex  Joseph Kulkosky, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the biology department, (center) presented a dual Academic Achievement Award in the Biological Sciences to biology majors Raul Angel Garcia ’09 (left) of Carney’s Point, N.J., and Alexander Kowalski ’09 (right) of Drexel Hill, Pa.
   
MacDonald Award  Cheryl King (left) of Philadelphia was selected for The Matthew Anita MacDonald, SSJ, Ph.D. Outstanding Continuing Education Student Award. It is presented each year to a Kirby Student in recognition of scholastic achievement, leadership, and community service. I King, an education major, is a member of the Kappa Delta Epsilon education honors society.