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Founders' Association Dinner to Honor Former Faculty and Friars

Figures from the first two decades of the College of Steubenville will be honored.

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009

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STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville will honor three groups for their service to the University and the community at the sixtieth annual Founders' Association Dinner on December 5 in the J. C. Williams Center. In addition, eight local students will receive scholarships at the event.

"This year we are honoring people we have missed, who were really a foundation for this university," says Father Richard Davis, TOR, vice president of Community Relations. "We've never really honored them, and we're taking this opportunity to say 'thank you'."

Honors will go to retired faculty members, both living and deceased, from the early years of the University, as well as to eight deceased TOR friars who gave so much of themselves here, Father Davis says.

Many of the former faculty members being honored were part of the original College of Steubenville in the 1940s and 1950s. The TORs include some of the original friars who founded the College of Steubenville, and several past presidents.

"These are people who need to be honored," Father Davis says. "We wanted to make sure they weren't passed over."

Living former faculty members to be honored include: Dr. Rose E. Cerroni, professor of biology; Prof. Robert Englert, professor of English; Dr. Dan Keenan, professor in the Master's program in education; Dr. Dianne Keenan, professor of education; Dr. Donald Kissinger, professor of accounting and business; Prof. John Korzi, founder of the University's counseling, sociology, social work, and mental health programs; and Dr. James Salter, professor of mathematics, physics, and computer science.

Former faculty members to be honored posthumously: Prof. Liberty Antalis, professor of English literature; Dr. Thomas Campbell, professor of biology; Dr. Robert Convery, professor of chemistry and academic dean; Prof. John Emmert, professor of engineering; Dr. Daniel Georges, professor of education and history; Prof. Edward Kelly, professor of business and accounting; Dr. Robert McLean, professor of mathematics; and Dr. Paul Stokely, professor of biology.

Deceased TORs to be honored: Father Gilbert Barth, TOR, university administrator; Father Philip Clarke, TOR, vice president of Development; Father Columba Devlin, TOR, university president and development officer; Father Matt Finnegan, TOR, university athletics administrator and faculty; Father Matthew Herron, TOR, development officer and faculty; Brother Benedict Lyons, TOR, university administrator; Father Regis Stafford, TOR, university executive vice president and co-founder with Father Daniel Egan, TOR; and Father Sam Tiesi, TOR, university administrator and faculty.

Established in 1978 in memory of Bishop John King Mussio, the Founders’ Award honors men, women, and organizations for their contributions to Franciscan University of Steubenville and the local community.

Several local students will also receive scholarships at the dinner. The University Founders' Scholarship will be given to Samantha McCoy, freshman French, English writing, and education major from Steubenville; Breane Means, junior mental health and human services major from Mingo Junction; and Nicholas Seliga, sophomore anthropology major from Irondale.

The University Women's Guild Scholarship will be given to Amy Adams, junior education major from Toronto; Tiffany Howard, senior education major from Steubenville; Audra Johns, junior education major from Steubenville; Jessica McCallister, senior mathematics and education major from Richmond; and Elizabeth Sirback, senior education major from Mingo Junction.

First held on December 7, 1949, at the Fort Steuben Hotel, the Founders’ Association Dinner was established by Father Daniel Egan, TOR, first president of the College of Steubenville, as a means of drawing together the college and civic communities.

The Founders' Association Dinner is "a wonderful day linking town and gown," Father Davis says. "Making that connection is an important part of what we do."

Tickets for the event cost $50 and may be purchased by calling the Franciscan University Community Relations Office at 740-283-6406 by November 30.

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