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.
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.
2016 President’s Awards for Excellence Recipients
Five Wilkes University faculty and staff members were presented with new cross-university awards called the President’s Awards for Excellence during Wilkes University’s fall convocation on Aug. 24, 2016
President Patrick Leahy conferred the awards, which promote and celebrate the University’s five core values: scholarship, innovation, community, mentoring and diversity. The convocation and awards marked the start of a new school year.
Michael Steele, professor of biology, was the recipient of the 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, garnered the President’s Award for 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, took home the President’s Award for 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 veterans counselor, received the President’s Award for 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, took home the President’s Award for Diversity, for her efforts in embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion and sensitivity.
University faculty or staff members could nominate anyone in the Wilkes community who embodied the spirit of each value. The nominations were shared with senior administration for feedback, with the final decision determined by the president.