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1orderpalms.jpgDr. Patricia Lawlor, professor of French, was awarded the honor of Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of “extraordinary contributions to the expansion and appreciation of French language and culture” by the French Ministry of Education in Paris.

The Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) is a French Order of Knighthood founded by Emperor Napoléon to honor eminent members of the University of Paris. Originally awarded only to French academics, the scope of the Palmes académiques was widened in 1866 to include major contributions to French national education and culture made by foreigners as well as by citizens of France.

The formal conferral of knighthood and awarding of the decoration will be conducted by a member of the French Embassy at a ceremony hosted by Providence College on April 8.


Dr. Edmund Dain, assistant professor of philosophy, was awarded the Leinfellner Prize for his paper “Ethical Eliminativism and the Sense of Wittgenstein's Tractatus” at the 35th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria.

Dr. Angela Dills, associate professor of economics, was awarded $7,700 from the Charles Koch Foundation to support guest speakers, a book group, and undergraduate student research in the PC Department of Economics. 

Dr. Christine Earley, professor of accountancy, and Dr. Patrick Kelly, associate professor of accountancy, received the 2012 Emerald Insight Literati Award, Outstanding Author Contribution, for their paper “Ethical Leaders in Accounting.”

Robert Ferreira ’83, assistant vice president for alumni relations, was recently named one of 12 “Men Who Make a Difference” by the Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties for 2012.

1Harper,-Todd09.jpgDr. T. J. Harper, assistant professor of music, has been named the director of the American Choral Directors Association International Conductor Exchange Program.

Dr. Katherine M. Kranz, assistant professor of social work, was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Rhode Island National Association of Social Workers (RI-NASW). She will serve on the organization’s nomination and leadership committee and the RI-NASW’s 50th anniversary gala committee.

Susan Lyman, special lecturer of art, has become a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the premier gallery showcasing the best in sculpture in the Boston and New England areas.

Dr. Arthur Urbano, associate professor of theology, was awarded $24,000 from the International Catacomb Society and the Shohet Scholars Program to support his sabbatical project “Wisdom Made Visible: Iconography and the Fashioning of Philosophical Culture in Late Antiquity.” The support will allow Urbano to complete research for a project that analyzes the emerging role of early Christian art in philosophical and educational debates with non-Christians during the third through fifth centuries.

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