Four faculty members receive awards at ceremony

Cecilia Engbert
Assistant Editor

Four Franciscan University of Steubenville faculty members were honored at the 2022 Faculty Awards Ceremony Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse.

Ron Bolster, who holds a doctorate in education, received the Excellence in Teaching Award for “his teaching practices that aim to introduce students to Catholicism, not just as a subject to be studied, but as a life to be lived,” said a statement from the university’s marketing and communications department (MarCom).

Emily Sobeck, who holds a doctorate of philosophy in special education, received the Scholarship Award. This was for her “scholarly pursuits such as publishing five peer-reviewed articles, engaging other manuscript research, presenting at five education conferences and other work that has benefited children with special needs,” said a MarCom statement.

Ricardo Chaparro-Pacheco, who holds a doctorate in social work and is director of the social work department, received the Service Award for “his contributions to several academic committees and his role as faculty advisor to four student-led groups: Instruments of Peace, Latinos for Christ, Marian Multicultural Club and the Veritas Society,” according to MarCom.

Joseph Pathakamuri, who holds a doctorate in molecular virology and is leader of the Franciscan University of Steubenville COVID-19 management team, received the Santa Chiara Award for Outstanding Dedication to the Mission of the University “in his tireless work to ensure a safe campus environment during the pandemic.

“Pathakamuri established COVID-19 testing stations; coordinated care for students, faculty and staff; and helped forge a partnership with Trinity Health System that will benefit the university community for years to come,” said a statement from MarCom.

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