At the annual Senior Awards Luncheon, held May 9 in the Alliot Green Mountain Dining Room, several faculty and staff members were honored by the graduates, along with a number of members of the senior class.
George Ashline, professor of mathematics, was presented a Dupont Award by Student Association President Alexander Ieronimo, who said "Professor Ashline is a true gift to Saint Michael's College - he is a scholar, instructor, and an engaged member of the community who is deeply dedicated to the mission of the College." And he said, "Catholic education has always been concerned with the development of the whole person, and Professor Ashline demonstrates enthusiastic commitment to this ideal." Dr. Ashline, who graduated from St. Lawrence and earned his PhD from Notre Dame, chairs the math department. His colleague, Professor Phil Yates said he is "in awe of the time and dedication Professor Ashline has for his students - he's the first person in our department here on campus and the last one to leave." Professor Ashline and his wife, Patricia, who works in Saint Michael's Student Financial Services office, have been members of Edmundite Campus Ministry's LEAP Retreat program for many years. "Their wisdom, warmth, creativity and attention to detail have greatly contributed to the health and vitality of the LEAP Retreat program," said Mr. Ieronimo. "Professor Ashline… goes above and beyond his demanding role as a faculty member - we are blessed to have him among us at Saint Michael's," the presenter said.
Allison Cleary, an instructor in the Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts Department, received a Class Appreciation Award. "Allison Cleary has dedicated herself to serving her community both at home and abroad," said senior class Vice President Caroline Ward. She said Cleary is a role model and skilled mentor for countless students in class, and she "goes above and beyond" as the international coordinator in the college's volunteer service organization MOVE, leading trips to the Dominican Republic and Kolkata, India. "She balances these demanding responsibilities with the same kindness, brilliance and compassion she lives her life by," Ward said. "She has a presence that makes you immediately feel at ease; and she works to challenge and support her students, to help them grow as individuals, providing them with the resources and support they need to have amazing experiences in the classroom and abroad."
Dawn Ellinwood, Vice President for Student Affairs, was presented a Class Appreciation Award by Nora Moore, senior class president, who said Dawn Ellinwood came to Saint Michael’s this year and "took the college by storm." She had big shoes to fill as the new VP for student life, "and she wears great shoes," Moore joked. "She has a kind heart, a lively attitude, and a great fashion sense," Moore said. "She has changed Saint Michael's for the better." Ellinwood was Dean of Students at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, from 2008 to 2012, and before that was Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students at College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, MA, from 1996-2008. Ellinwood earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Northeastern University in 1987; a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern in 1989; a Master of Education degree from Northeastern, earning the Dedicated Advocate Award, in 1992; and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts in campus curriculum/educational leadership in 2003.
Patrick Gallivan '89, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, was presented a Dupont Award by Student Association Vice President Caitlin Zeytoonian, who said Patrick Gallivan has been giving of his time and energy to Saint Michael's since his days as a student when he served as SA President for two years, and worked to start the POW (pre-orientation weekend) program. "Patrick has made it his mission to keep the alumni community engaged in the everyday life of Saint Michael's," Ms. Zeytoonian said. He served many years as adviser to the Student Association, and during a recent retreat used the theme of "humble" as a quality that leaders should possess. "He is a servant leader to his core," she said. He is a volunteer and board member of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a summer camp for children who have or have had cancer, and has served on a number of boards. "It is mind boggling to think of the number of leaders Patrick has inspired or been a role model to," Ms. Zeytoonian said.
Will Marquess, English instructor and adviser to The Onion River Review, SMC literary journal, was presented a Class Appreciation Award. Senior class Vice President Caroline Ward spoke of the impact of Professor Marquess on her education and on that of so many others. "This professor is remarkable; I know he has touched the lives of each and every one of his students in a profound way." Professor Marquess, on the faculty of Saint Michael's since 1984, has won class appreciation awards twice before, in 1988 and 2006, and won the top teaching award in 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree with Distinction in English from Duke University in 1976, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his PhD from Harvard in 1983 and was awarded the Howard Mumford Jones Award for the best dissertation in English literature, Harvard University, 1983. He is a fiction writer and teacher, and the author of Lives of the Poet: The First Hundred Years of Keats Biography. "His passion for teaching and mentoring and his dedication to his students are truly inspiring…he taught me so much about literature, writing and life…. I left his classroom a better student and a better person," Ward said.
Joan Wry '79, associate dean of the college and instructor of English, was presented a Class Appreciation Award. Senior class President Nora Moore spoke of how beloved Dean Wry is among students she works with due to her compassion and intelligence. "Though pint-sized, she's a powerhouse of goodness," Moore said. "We love you Dean Wry!" Professor Wry, herself a 1979 graduate of Saint Michael's, earned a master's degree in English from the University of Virginia and a doctorate from McGill. She will return to the classroom this fall after eight years as dean. Professor Wry teaches American Literature, Literary Studies and first-year seminars, and has published papers on Shakespeare, Shelley, Whitman and antebellum women writers.