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Joyce, Mullen Receive Torchbearer Awards for Extraordinary Service to PC

Providence College will honor two employees, Charles C. Joyce and Annmarie Mullen ’08SCE, with its Torchbearer Awards, which are given each year to recognize and reward an administrator and a staff member for extraordinary service to the College.

Joyce, who is director of editorial services in the Office of Institutional Advancement, has worked at PC since 1999. Mullen, senior office assistant in the Department of Psychology, has been employed by the College since 1988.

The recipients were announced by College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 at the Spring Faculty and Staff Meeting. Father Shanley will present the awards to Joyce and Mullen at a celebration in Aquinas Hall Lounge on Monday, May 7, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

The Torchbearer Award is sponsored by the Department of Human Resources. Nominations are solicited from administrators, faculty, and staff. A selection committee consisting of one employee from each division reviews the nominations and submits them to the College’s Cabinet for approval.

Consideration is given to employees who most clearly espouse the mission of the College, as expressed in PC’s Mission Statement; those who make an extraordinary contribution to the effectiveness or success of their office, department, or program, and those who have most clearly and successfully worked collaboratively across office, department, program, or divisional boundaries to advance College goals and initiatives.

Joyce “inspired confidence”

Joyce was recognized for his work during a departmental reorganization last year. At the time, he took on extra responsibilities while continuing to meet deadlines for Providence College Magazine — for which he serves as editor — and conducting successful searches for new employees. The result of his efforts was a cohesive group well-prepared to work under a new assistant vice president in a new Office of Marketing and Communications, his nomination letter said. 

Father Shanley quoted from the nomination letter in announcing Joyce’s selection: “Charlie’s calming influence inspired confidence among his colleagues, both within the division and outside it … Charlie is looked up to and respected for his work and his personal qualities. He is kind, generous, empathetic, and has a wonderful demeanor.”

“A man of deep and abiding faith,” Joyce is “a living example of the College’s commitment to Christian ideals,” the nomination letter said.

“To be nominated for an award that carries such significance here is an honor and truly humbling,” Joyce said. “Our College is filled with high-caliber, passionate staff and faculty who live the mission and make a difference in countless lives each day. It is a blessing to work in a rich environment in which the commitment to excellence — academically and otherwise — is so ingrained.”

Mullen praised for initiative

Mullen, described as “the glue that holds everything together” in her department, was praised for her initiative, timeliness, and efficiency. She regularly takes on projects without being asked, taking time to print class rosters for faculty at the start of each semester, to walk through Albertus Magnus Hall each morning to make sure classroom doors are unlocked, and to create a spreadsheet for a professor who had difficulty using Excel.

“She tries to find the owner of a bracelet left in the classroom, gets broken ceiling tiles repaired, and puts orientation packets together for new majors without being asked,” her nomination letter said.

The “picture of competence and professionalism,” Mullen is “kind, compassionate, and genuinely cares about the welfare of our students and faculty.” A cherished colleague, she “exemplifies the highest standards of behavior espoused in the mission.” 

“Providence College has given me so many blessings,” said Mullen. “It is a great place to work as well as to learn. I have received my bachelor’s degree and now I am working toward my master’s degree in counseling. This is something I thought I would never have the chance to do. Providence College has given me this tremendous opportunity to expand my knowledge. Not only have I grown academically, but I have made a lot of wonderful friends. I am very thankful for working here.”

In addition to an inscribed plaque, Torchbearer recipients receive $1,000, a one-year membership to the Concannon Fitness Center, 50 free lunches in the Alumni Hall Food Court, an additional discount in the College bookstore, two season-ticket packages to the men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s hockey, or women’s hockey program, and a designated parking space near their work location.

— Vicki-Ann Downing

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