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October 17, 2011 - 8:58am

The Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center was the venue for Medaille’s 2011 Honors Convocation on Friday, October 14.

Following an invocation by Reverend Paul Emery ’90, M. Div., President Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D., introduced the evening’s program and presented the Dr. Brian R. Shero Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award to Mark Lavatelli, M.A., M.F.A. The award for Lavatelli, a professor in the Department of Humanities, was first announced at the Commencement ceremony in May 2011. As a painter specializing in encaustic, an ancient technique using beeswax, his work has been exhibited in the Southwest in the 1980s and subsequently in New York State. His paintings were also featured in an exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in 2006 entitled, Trees Interpreted, Charles Burchfield. He is co-author of, Richard Diebenkorn in New Mexico, and as a freelance art critic, he has published numerous art reviews of regional exhibitions in The Buffalo News and ArtVoice. Lavatelli teaches courses in studio art, art history, art appreciation, and critical thinking.

The audience of students, families and faculty was also present to see the following other scholarships and awards:

  • Dean’s List Recipients, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 
  • Medaille Medal 
  • Accelerated Learning Program Dean’s List, Fall 2009-Fall 2010 
  • Students Selected for Who’s Who
    Scholarship Recipients 
  • Anna Illuzzi Palano Memorial Scholarship 
  • Institutional Scholarships 
  • CRC Press First-year Chemistry Achievement Award 
  • Alpha Chi, Chi Alpha Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa Recognition

The Honors Convocation Program is available as a PDF


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