2017 Scholars’ Reception Honors Faculty Accomplishments

Scholars' ReceptionLast Friday, Saint Mary’s held its annual Scholars’ Reception honoring the impressive research, scholarship, and creative work completed by faculty over the past year. The College honored four faculty members for their outstanding performances in representing Saint Mary’s through their work on and off campus. Patrizia Longo received the Teaching Excellence Award for her work in the Politics Department. The History Department was well recognized with Myrna Santiago who was presented the Outstanding Scholar Award, and Aeleah Soine who received the Early Career Award. As the chair of the History Department, Santiago is also a Women and Gender Studies and Environmental Studies Affiliate. Soine has been with Saint Mary’s since 2011 mainly in the History Department, but has also taught courses in Global and Regional Studies and the Seminar program.

The Faculty Service Award was given to Gloria Aquino Sosa for her work on campus focusing on intercultural interactions and social justice through her position as an assistant professor and program director of the College Student Services Specialization in the Counseling Department.

Apart from recognizing the Annual Faculty Award winners, the reception also honored faculty members returning from their sabbatical leave. On display was the sabbatical work of 15 faculty members, including Anna Novakov from the Art and Art History Department and her publication of Imagined Utopias in the Built Environment From London’s Vauxhall Garden to the Black Rock Desert, and Berna Aksu, a professor in the graduate business program, and her research between top management teams and start-up firm performance.

The diversity in the research and projects of each of the individuals shows the dedication and hard work that the Saint Mary’s faculty exhibits not only in the classroom, but in the world as well. The Scholars' Reception is sponsored by Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of Research, the Committee on Teaching and Scholarship, and the Faculty Development Fund Committee.