Fall 2012

Fall Convocation Focuses on Empowerment

The Fall Convocation, the first formal academic ceremony of the 2012-2013 year at Marywood University, was held on Friday, October 19, at the Sette LaVerghetta Center, at 11 a.m. The University’s core value of empowerment was the focus of the day’s events, which featured Bernadette Gray-Little, Ph.D., Chancellor of the University of Kansas and a Marywood University alumna, as the keynote speaker.

Dr. Gray-Little began her career as a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina, where she rose to the post of UNC’s chief academic officer after successive administrative appointments. While at UNC, she earned a reputation as a champion for the highest quality educational experience for students and a strong advocate for faculty and for research. When Dr. Gray-Little became KU’s Chancellor in 2009, she made history as the first female and the first African American to lead the university.

“She is a dynamic figure, whose leadership qualities and remarkable spirit were fostered and developed on this campus,” stated Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Marywood’s President. “Dr. Gray-Little is an outstanding example of what you can do and how far you can go with a Marywood education and the confidence to realize your dreams.”

In addition to the keynote address, the event featured the annual faculty awards for distinguished academic work, including “Distinctions in One’s Discipline,” awarded to Edward J. O’Brien, Ph.D., and Marywood University’s nominee for “CASE Professor of the Year,” awarded to Laurie McMillan, Ph.D. A new faculty award for service also was presented to Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D.

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