Faculty and Staff Hailed for Service, Impact on Students
Faculty and staff members were praised for the influence they have on students at the first Providence College Faculty and Staff Service Recognition Dinner in Slavin Center ’64 Hall.
Twenty-three individuals with a total of 710 years of service were honored at the event, which recognized those who have served the College at five-year intervals for at least 25 years. Three professors who have taught for 45 years each represented the longest term of service among the honorees.
The honorees come from 10 academic departments and offices and eight non-academic offices and departments throughout campus.
The dinner was sponsored by College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80; Dr. Hugh F. Lena, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; and Kathleen M. Alvino, associate vice president for human resources.
The occasion marked the first time faculty and staff were honored jointly for their service to PC. Previously, recognition events were held for each group.
The evening began with a reception and was followed by dinner, remarks by Father Shanley, and the presentation of awards and certificates. Each honoree received a certificate of service and a gift certificate equating to $10 for every year of service.
Father Shanley extended gratitude to the faculty and staff members from the College and its Dominican Community, saying that, for him, their service is measured more on the impact they have on students than by the number of years they’ve tallied at PC.
“It’s how many students’ lives you’ve changed for what you’ve done here,” said Father Shanley. “It happens in the classrooms and in everyday ordinary interactions throughout campus.”
The interactions happen in a multitude of ways and are direct and profound, emphasized the president.
“We all love serving our students. You don’t know how many ways you’ve touched people,” he said, adding that the College’s Catholic and Dominican education is underscored by the spirit of collaboration between faculty and staff members and PC’s students.
Recognized for their service were:
• Dr. Arthur Jackson, associate professor of philosophy, 45 years
• Dr. Richard Lambe, associate professor of psychology, 45 years
• Dr. Neil Romans, associate professor of political science, 45 years
• Dr. Cornelius Riordan, professor of sociology, 40 years
• Dr. Mary Bellhouse, professor of political science, 35 years
• Richard Fredette, lead electrician, Physical Plant, 35 years
• Dr. Patrick Reid, professor of theology, 35 years
• Dr. Salvatore Cappelletti, associate professor of Italian, 30 years
• Phyllis Cardullo ’05SCE, senior administrative coordinator, Department of History, 30 years
• Dr. Suzanne Fournier ’77, associate professor of English, 30 years
• Dr. Robert LaMontagne, assistant professor of physics, 30 years
• Dr. Patricia Lawlor, professor of French, 30 years
• Donna Marcone ’93SCE, administrative assistant, Personal Counseling Center, 30 years
• Wendy Coutu, administrative assistant, Department of Foreign Language Studies, 25 years
• John Cuthbertson, stationary engineer, Power Plant, 25 years
• Theodore “Ted” DeNicola ’74, associate director of career education for alumni and community networking, Career Education Center, 25 years
• Carol Dorsey, senior office assistant, Office of Prospect Management and Analysis, 25 years
• Robert Lieder, security officer, Office of Safety and Security, 25 years
• Arlene McWhinnie ’87G, general accountant, Office of Financial Services, 25 years
• Thomas Moran, groundskeeper, Physical Plant, 25 years
• Catherine Pantano, administrative assistant, Office of Academic Affairs, 25 years
• Judith Pono, chief switchboard operator, Division of Finance and Business, 25 years
• Patricia Sickinger ’94SCE & ’01G, senior executive assistant, Office of Academic Affairs, 25 years
--Charles C. Joyce
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