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Award Descriptions
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Award Descriptions 

Daniel A. Felicetti Award
Dr. Daniel A. Felicetti was the sixth president of Marian University (1989-99). He was well-known as a tireless advocate for the university. As president, he oversaw great physical expansion to the university and never lost sight of the university’s foundation values based on the teachings of Saint Francis.

Award recipients must be an alumna or alumnus of the university; demonstrate the spirit of mentoring by providing guidance, support, encouragement, and leadership to students, faculty, staff, or to individuals in the broader community and contribute, through personal leadership, to the development and growth of the individuals mentored.

This award was renamed in 2002 in honor of Mother Clarissa Dillhoff.

Mother Clarissa Dillhoff Award for Distinguished Achievement in Mentoring
Originally called the Daniel A. Felicetti Award (1996-01), it was renamed in 2002 for Mother Clarissa Dillhoff, former head of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg and first president of Marian University. This award reflects the most important meaning of the word “mentor”—a person who is trusted to educate another. Mother Clarissa was a counselor and guide, and it was under her leadership that Marian University took the “preposterous venture” of moving form Oldenburg to Indianapolis in 1937.  

Award recipients must be an alumna or alumnus of the university; demonstrate the spirit of mentoring by providing guidance, support, encouragement, and leadership to students, faculty, staff, or to individuals in the broader community; and contribute, through personal leadership, to the development and growth of the individual mentored.

Donald A. Fleming Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement
Donald A. Fleming was the chief financial officer of Marian University from 1990-95. He was well-liked by everyone and had a great sense of humor. Fleming’s leadership contributed greatly to the success of the university during this time. The School of Business at Marian University offers a scholarship in his name for accounting and finance students. Award recipients must be a Marian University alumna or alumnus who has attained significant achievement in his or her chosen career.

Founders’ Award for Distinguished Service to Marian University
This recognition may be given to a faculty member, staff member, friend of the university, or alumnus or alumna for demonstrating outstanding contributions to the growth, development, and visibility of the university through gifts of energy, time, and talents.

Francis and Clare Award for Distinguished Achievement in Peace and Social Justice
Named for two 13th century saints and spiritual leaders of the Franciscan movement, this award is given to the individual who demonstrates Francis and Clare’s commitment to protecting human rights. It is also named form one of the four foundational values given to Marian University by the sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg.

Award recipients must be an alumna or alumnus of the college and have demonstrated a commitment to achieving peace and social justice through significant contributions in a professional or volunteer role.

Sisters of St. Francis Award for Distinguished Achievement in Volunteerism
The central mission and work of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg includes freely offering time and talent for the benefit of others. This award recognizes individuals whose generous and selfless gifts to others are extraordinary.

Award recipients must be an alumna or alumnus of the university and have contributed significantly to the welfare of others through volunteering in direct service endeavors. The energy, time, and talents shared must have been given without financial compensation.

Mary McNulty Young Award for Distinguished Achievement in Community
Named for Mary McNulty Young, an alumna from the class of 1947, this award recognizes individuals who work with others for the betterment of the larger community. Young has given generously and often to agencies in and around the central Indiana area that help those least able to care for themselves.

Award recipients must be an alumna or alumnus of the university and have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the civic, national, global, or religious community through professional or volunteer leadership.

Central Indiana Chapter Young Alumni Award
This award recognizes younger alumni who have made a significant accomplishment in work or volunteerism related to one or more of the Franciscan values: dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship. They must be a Marian University graduate residing in Indiana, 40 years old or younger.

Sister Miriam Clare Heskamp FNS Award
Sister Miriam Clare Heskamp, OSF, taught nutrition and dietetic, human anatomy and physiology and also served as chairwomen of the Board of Trustees for Marian University. She dedicated her career to nurturing students and promoting lifelong health.

Award recipients must have completed a degree within Marian University’s food and nutrition program or American Dietetic Association verification statement requirements for becoming a registered dietitian through Marian University; demonstrated leadership and support of food and nutrition sciences profession; and have provided guidance and encouragement to students, peers, and other individuals in his/her community.