Mount St. Joseph University

Honors Season

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Emily Berning

File Under: honors, the celebration of teaching and learning

February is a special month for the Mount community. This upcoming month is devoted to recognizing those students and faculty who excel in academic and service opportunities. We call this time of the year honors season.

Honors season gives us time to reflect upon the accomplishments of students and faculty. During this month members of the Mount community have the opportunity to nominate faculty and students for a variety of awards and recognitions.

The winners of these awards are chosen by committees made up of students, faculty and staff. Awards are then given out at Convocation during The Celebration of Teaching and Learning, which will be held on April 15.

 Associate Vice President for Academic Support, Maggie Davis, is one of the people who coordinates and plans this important event. 

“It’s nice to be recognized for the things that you’re doing and the contributions that you make to the Mount community,” said Davis.

The honors awards are as much about recognizing the individuals who help contribute to the College as they are about recognizing the overall accomplishments of the Mount. 

“The honors awards are an established tradition,” said Davis. “It has become a part of the fabric of who we are as a community.”

Honors season is an important time for everyone in the Mount community to get involved and help recognize those who put forth that extra effort in the classroom or out in the community. 

Every award is different and has different criteria—each award is listed below. Applications are due to Maggie Davis by Feb. 26.  

Mount Distinguished Student Award: The highest honor the Mount bestows upon graduating baccalaureate and graduate degree students.  Students who are eligible to apply are notified by mail.

St. Catherine Medal: This medal is awarded to a JUNIOR who has demonstrated unusual and unselfish service and a commitment to a lifetime of faith and service to his/her church and community. 

Sister Maria Corona Leadership Award: Offered to a traditional graduating SENIOR who has demonstrated consistent, outstanding leadership in campus and/or community activities.

Harrington Award: Offered to an adult graduating SENIOR who has demonstrated consistent, outstanding leadership in campus and/or community activities.

Excellence in Leadership: Open to all students who demonstrate leadership, character, and service in organizations on campus and/or in the community.

Sister Elizabeth Cashman Service Award:  Given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the mission of the College through involvement in and initiation of service.  Special consideration to applicants involved in Service Learning, Campus Ministry and other College or College club sponsored events.

Dave Scharfenberger Community Service Award: Given to a student who has demonstrated exceptional service to the College and the greater Cincinnati community. Special consideration to those students involved in the Plus 1 Service Learning Credit, a Service Immersion Trip, or a service – oriented club or organization.

Bing Litonjua Award for Excellence in International Understanding: Awarded to a junior or senior who has demonstrated excellence in international understanding, especially with respect to issues of social justice.

Alumni Book Award: Monetary award of $200 to be used for textbooks, offered to two students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and/or service to the College community. Student must demonstrate financial need. 

Students also have the opportunity to honor a very special faculty member, one who has truly impacted their learning and their lives.  It is called the Clifford Award, named after Sister Adele Clifford, Mount President from 1968 to 1972.  The Student Government Association and the Student Affairs Division manage this nomination and selection process.

In addition to all of these “student driven” honors, we have the Jane Cuni Armstrong Award, given at commencement to a graduate who has shown consistent improvement and continued academic diligence in overcoming obstacles and difficulties.  This award requires a faculty and/or staff nominator.

Several additional faculty honors will be awarded along with our Mission Awards for staff members.

Information and application materials are available on myMount.

You may also contact Maggie Davis, Associate Vice President for Academic Support and Honors Coordinator (244-4630 or for an email attachment of the appropriate forms.