Faculty and Staff Celebrated at 2022 Years of Service Luncheon

By Daniel DiPrinzio | June 2, 2022
Ed Adams and John McNeil, recipients of the John Hagerty Dependability Award, displaying their award plaques

On June 1, Arcadia University celebrated faculty and staff at the 2022 Years of Service Luncheon. The ceremony recognized outstanding research, teaching, and student support efforts by faculty and staff, including milestone years of service, in 5-year increments (5 years through 45 years). Several University awards also were presented to Arcadia community members. 

“You are not only the backbone of Arcadia but also the heart, the lifeblood—you make it happen,” said President Ajay Nair. “Your dedication and commitment to Arcadia strengthen the University and its legacy, year after year.”

Two honorees were recognized for 45 years of service to Arcadia: Dr. Jo Ann Weiner, associate professor and chair of the English department; and Dr. Ned Wolff, professor of Computer Science and Mathematics.

Dr. Michelle Reale ’96, ’99M, ’16M, ’20EdD, professor and Access Services and Outreach Librarian was awarded the Dr. Thomas P. Dougherty Endowed Faculty-Student Research Award, eligible to junior faculty members in the sciences. Dr. Reale’s project title was: “It Wasn’t What I Thought it Would Be: Topographies of Immigration and Migration: Home and Abroad,” examining the experience of immigration and migration in Italy and Sicily among African and Syrian refugees.

Dr. I.M. Sullivan, assistant professor of Philosophy, received the Norman Johnston Fellowship for Humanities and Social Sciences, intended to encourage talented and dedicated faculty members to excel in research and scholarship. Dr. Sullivan’s project was called “Thinking About Liminality,” which builds on curricular de-colonization to infuse philosophy into the ethos of Arcadia University.

The Cultural Ally Awards honor faculty and staff who go above and beyond in providing inclusive environments for students. This year’s recipients are Dan Schall, director of the Writing Center and instructor of English, and Dr. Matthew Heitzman, Faculty Senate Academics Chair (2020-2022) and assistant professor in the Department of English.

The Values in Practice Award is given to staff Rising Star and Seasoned Vet recipients. Rising Stars are Genesis Felipe Rossi, campus coordinator, and Kevin Revier, assistant professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice. Seasoned Vet recipients are Helene Klein, assistant dean for Honors & Accelerated Programs, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, and Cynthia Nichols, associate director, Career Education.

The John Hagerty Dependability Award is for staff who exemplify the dedication, work ethic, and kindness that John demonstrated. This year’s recipients, apt for the award, are John McNeil, Maintenance Lead, and Ed Adams, Facilities Manager, Facilities Management & Capital Planning.

The Sharon Anthony Dedication Award is for staff who encompass multiple traits that Sharon had: diligence, dependability, dedication, eagerness to help, and exceptional job performance. Recipients were Jennifer McCaffrey, associate director for Student Employment, Office of Career Education, and Mary Rogers, assistant director, Advising & Student Engagement, Arcadia Abroad.

The Wes Rose Access and Inclusion Award acknowledges one faculty and one staff member who go above and beyond in facilitating an inclusive and accessible campus. Recipients were Dr. Jonathan Church, professor, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, and Cristina Cintron-Marsh, director, Gateway/Act 101 program and assistant director, undergraduate success, Division of Student Success.
Danielle Duffy, director of Sport Performance and head athletic trainer, received the Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service, presented annually to a staff member who exemplifies consistent excellence and exceptional service. 

Two retirees were honored for a combined 77 years of service to Arcadia: Dr. Chet Mikulski, professor of Chemistry and Physics, with 46 years of service, and Dr. Doreen Loury, assistant professor of Sociology, director of Pan-African Studies, and founding executive director of the Center for Anti-racist Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action, with 31 years of service. 

Arcadia’s 2022 retirees are:

  • Tim Gallagher (Facilities), 7 years of service
  • Dr. Doreen Loury (Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice), 31 years of service
  • Wendy McLaughlin (Enrollment Management), 11 years of service
  • Dr. Chet Mikulski (Chemistry), 46 years of service
  • Dr. Amy Miller (Physical Therapy), 26 years of service
  • Linda Pizzi (Division of Student Success), 22 years of service 
  • Dr. Alan Powell (Media and Communications), 21 years of service 

Mary Sweeney, vice president for Human Resources and the Employee Experience, also honored colleagues and friends of the University who have passed away this year, including former president Jerry Greiner, Professor Emeritus Hugh Grady, and Public Safety Officer Cruz Rivera