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Founders' Association to Honor Faculty, Staff Who Helped During Hard Times  


The Founders' Association honors the University's past while looking forward to the future.

Posted:  2012-11-09

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FoundersDinner2010STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville will honor nine long-time faculty and staff for their service to the University and the community at the 63rd annual Founders’ Association Dinner on Saturday, December 8, in the J. C. Williams Center. In addition, eight local students will receive scholarships at the event.

All of the honorees “were here through some of our tougher times, and stayed on to become the backbone of the University we know today,” says Father Richard Davis, TOR, vice president of Community Relations. “This is our small way of saying ‘thank you’ to each of them.”

The staff and faculty to be honored “believed in Father Mike (Scanlan, TOR, president 1974-2000), and supported the mission of the school at tremendous sacrifice to their families during the years of financial hardship when the College of Steubenville was transforming itself into a nationally known university,” says Father Davis.

Most of the honorees have retired, but some continue to teach part-time. Honorees include: Dr. John Herrmann, professor of physics; Prof. Ray Petrilla, professor of biology (deceased); Professor Ed Bessler, professor of biology; Dr. James Slater, professor of chemistry; Mrs. Virginia Zoric, assistant dean of faculty; Prof. Joseph Zoric, professor of economics; Mrs. Irene Pizzoferrato, secretary to the dean of faculty; Dr. Norman Rokke, professor of chemistry and computer science; and Dr. Earl Spinnenweber, professor of philosophy.

Several local students will also receive scholarships at the dinner. The University Founders’ Scholarship will be given to Jarett Kuhns of Bellaire, Ohio; Amanda Carmine of Steubenville, Ohio; and William Shanahan of Steubenville, Ohio.

The Rose M. DeFede Women’s Guild Scholarship will be given to Tiffany Ribar of Steubenville, OH; Rachael Oiler of Weirton, WV; Cheryl Myers of Dresden, OH; Maureen Kazmierczyk of Conway PA; and Mycaela Stewart of Mingo Junction, OH.

The Founders’ Association Dinner was established in 1949 by Father Daniel Egan, TOR, first president of the College of Steubenville, to draw the college and civic communities together. The Founders’ Award was established in 1978 to honor men, women, and organizations for their contributions to Franciscan University of Steubenville and the local community.

Dinner tickets $50 each are available by calling Franciscan University’s Community Relations Office at 740-283-6406 by November 30.  If you cannot attend and want to make a scholarship donation, send a check payable to the Founders’ Association, Community Relations, 1235 University Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952.

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