Preston Bartels received the Student Inclusive Excellence Award at the College of Arts and Sciences' 44th annual Day of Recognition.

On Friday, May 10, students and faculty from Niagara University’s College of Arts & Sciences gathered in the Gallagher Center to honor their own for their academic, community service, and leadership achievements during the 44th annual Day of Recognition.

Initiated in 1981 by the Rev. Joseph Levesque, C.M., then dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, this year’s event, which recognized both students and faculty from across the college’s 25 academic departments, featured remarks from the Rev. James J. Maher. C.M., Niagara University president, and Dr. Peter Butera, dean of the college.

Among the honorees were Dr. David Taylor, associate professor of criminology & criminal justice, who received the Faculty Inclusive Excellence Award, and Preston Bartels, who received the Student Inclusive Excellence Award, two honors that were established last year. Henry Brophy, an education major and Vincentian scholar, received the Blessed Frederic Ozanam Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement in both academics and community service.

Faculty recognized included Dr. Dana Radatz, associate professor of criminology & criminal justice, who received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service; Dr. Shannon Dowd, assistant professor of modern and classical languages, who received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship; Dr. Mary McCourt, professor of chemistry, who received the Award for Excellence in Teaching (full-time); and Gary Marino, an adjunct professor in the theatre department, who received the Award for Excellence in Teaching (part-time).

Special recognition was given to Dr. Kevin Blair, professor of social work; Dr. Henrik Borgstrom, professor of modern and classical languages; and Sr. Judith Merkle SNDdeN, professor of religious studies, who will be retiring. Together, they have offered 85 years of service to Niagara University.