Marian faculty, staff earn recognition awards; Ramamoorthy receives James R. Underkofler Award

April 8, 2019

Faculty member Dr. Lalitha RamamoorthyMarian University recognized several faculty and staff members for their work and dedication to the local community at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Ceremony.

Dr. Lalitha Ramamoorthy, assistant professor of biology in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, was awarded the Academic Advising Excellence Award. This award identifies positive role models for Marian students and acknowledges the importance the role academic advising plays in the University’s mission and core values and in students’ success.

Mary Bernier, Graphic Services Mailroom Coordinator, received the Staff of the Year award. The Staff of the Year award is given to an individual who makes exceptional contributions to the Marian University community in the areas of inspirational focus, community and service, innovation and proactive leadership and learning.

Dr. Jerry Burns, received the Social Justice Award, which is given to individuals in recognition of activities that challenge structures that are inequitable, oppressive, wasteful, or violent, or in promoting viable, just structures. Burns is professor emeritus from the department of English in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

Three individuals received Adjunct Teacher of the Year Awards. Michael Wartgow who teaches art for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; Michael Hayes who teaches education for the College of Professions; and Therese Gedemer who teaches business and management in Adult & Online Studies.

Marian University recognized Dr. Lalitha Ramamoorthy, assistant professor of biology, with the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. The Underkoffler criteria require that candidates “reflect the college’s mission, purpose and commitment to provide the very best undergraduate education.”

The Underkofler award was established through an endowment fund created to honor Mr. James R. Underkofler by the Wisconsin Power and Light Foundation, and is administered by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.  Marian is one of five Wisconsin independent colleges eligible for the award.