Wilkes University

President’s Awards for Excellence

President’s Awards for Excellence

Above and Beyond

The President’s Awards for Excellence recognize outstanding achievements of University faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond to serve our students throughout the academic year.  

Nominate a Colleague for the 2017-2018 Awards

The time has come to begin the selection process for the annual President’s Awards for Excellence. Members of the campus community are encouraged to reflect upon the 2017-2018 academic year and consider nominating a colleague or colleagues who exemplify Wilkes’ core values—mentorship, scholarship, diversity, innovation, and community.

  • Full- or part-time faculty or staff members may be considered for awards.
  • Award categories are outlined below. For the purposes of the President’s Awards for Excellence, all of these terms may be defined broadly. There are many ways in which a colleague may demonstrate the values that are at the heart of Wilkes University’s mission.
  • Nominations may be emailed to President Leahy at patrick.leahy@wilkes.edu with “President’s Award” in the subject line. Please include the nominee’s name and a very brief explanation of why he or she should be recognized in one of these five categories. If you would like the nomination to be anonymous, please note that in your email.
  • Nominations must be received by Monday, July 9, 2018, for review by the President’s Cabinet.
  • Award recipients will be notified in mid-August and they will be honored at Fall Convocation on Wednesday, August 22.

The categories for nominations reflect Wilkes University’s key values:

Nurturing individuals to understand and act on their abilities while challenging them to achieve great things.

Wilkes University celebrates our commitment to mentorship. Do you know someone on campus who exemplifies this key value, giving of his or her time and talents and encouraging others to be their best? Someone whose name has been synonymous with mentorship on campus over the past year?

This person may be an ideal candidate for the President’s Award for Exceptional Mentorship.

Advancing knowledge through discovery and research to better educate our constituents.

William Shakespeare once said, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” Through the process of scholarship, we not only discover what we may be, but help those around us discover what they may be as well. Distinguished scholarship and innovative research are key components of our goal to make Wilkes one of the finest small universities in the country.

If one of your colleagues is an exceptional scholar, he or she may be honored with the President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion and sensitivity.

Poet and author Maya Angelou once said, “In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” As Wilkes strives to enhance the quality of our education, we celebrate diversity in all of its forms, knowing we learn more from our differences than our similarities.

Do you know someone who exemplifies the core value of diversity on campus and should be recognized with the President’s Award for Exceptional Contributions to Diversity?

Promoting creative scholarly activities, programs, ideas and sustainable practices.

Entrepreneur and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” At Wilkes, we value ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness. We don’t want to know how something’s always been done, we want to know how to do it better.

If you work with an innovative leader who has come up with a fresh, original solution to a problem or who has created an opportunity resulting in positive improvements for the Wilkes community, you may nominate your colleague for the President’s Award for Outstanding Innovation.

Appreciating and collaborating with mutual respect to foster a sense of belonging.

At Wilkes, community is more than just a word. It’s a feeling—a feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves, a feeling of coming together to do great things.


2017 President’s Awards for Excellence

Five Wilkes University faculty and staff members were honored with the 2017 President’s Awards for Excellence at Fall Convocation on August 24, 2017:

  • Thomas Baldino, professor of political science - President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship
  • Charles Cary, executive director of facilities - President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation
  • Mark Allen, dean of students - President’s Award for Excellence in Community
  • Marie Roke-Thomas, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences - President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring
  • Erica Acosta, associate director of diversity affairs - President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity

To learn more about the 2017 recipients, click here.


2016 President’s Awards for Excellence

The inaugural President’s Awards for Excellence were presented to five Wilkes University faculty and staff members at Fall Convocation in 2016. The honorees were:

  • Michael Steele, professor of biology - President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, for his efforts in advancing knowledge through discovery and research to better educate students
  • John Carlin, director of network and technology infrastructure - President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation, for his efforts in promoting programs, ideas and sustainable practices as they relate to rebuilding a computer network in unheralded ways
  • Addy Malatesta, director of athletics - President’s Award for Excellence in Community, for her efforts in appreciating and collaborating with mutual respect to foster a sense of belonging on campus
  • Lt. Col. Mark Kaster, lecturer in environmental engineering and earth science and veteran’s counselor - President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, for his efforts in nurturing individuals to understand and act on their abilities while challenging them to achieve great things
  • Helen Davis, associate professor of English - President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity, for her efforts in embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion and sensitivity

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