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Holy Cross College Honors Awarded

Holy Cross College Honors Awarded

NOTRE DAME, IN (May 6, 2014) - Academic excellence was recently celebrated at Holy Cross College when the institution held its annual Honors Convocation.

The event was held March 28 in St. Joseph’s Chapel, on the campus of Holy Cross. Over 350 students, faculty, staff, and guests attended the ceremony, which honored those students named to the Dean’s List during the spring 2013 and/or the fall 2014 semesters, as well as the Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, and four student Holy Cross Saints Award recipients.

Students attaining academic honors, or the Dean’s List, are those full-time students who have earned a 3.5 semester GPA, or better. This year, 155 Holy Cross students, freshman through senior status, were recognized for their achievement.

Veteran, and highly admired Holy Cross professor, Edward Gareau, was presented with the Excellence in Teaching award. Professor Gareau, a philosopher and theologian, began his teaching career 45 years ago. He has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 1994.

Shortly after joining the Holy Cross community, Professor Gareau was tasked with coordinating the Institutional Self Study, in preparation for the permanent accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission in 1997. The self-study document produced by this process at Holy Cross was held up by North Central as an example for other colleges to follow.

Professor Gareau’s primary interest as a Catholic Biblical scholar has always been focused on communicating the results of contemporary Biblical Scholarship to the general community of believers at large. An example of this interest is his publication of audio books on The Portrait of Jesus in the Four Gospels, The Old Testament Approach to God, as well as 18-hour long tapes on the Scripture readings for the liturgical years.

Another expression of this interest is Gareau’s commitment to the teaching and development of the Biblical curriculum at Holy Cross over the past 20 years. This includes his integral role in transitioning Holy Cross from a two-year college to a four-year, baccalaureate degree awarding institution, as well as teaching theology to inmates at Westville Correctional Facility in Michigan City.

A special honor was acknowledged during the 2014 convocation when Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society announced that Holy Cross College student, Claire Doriot (Syracuse, IN) had been awarded the J. Patrick Lee Prize in Service.

This annual undergraduate competition was established to honor Patrick Lee, who served as National Secretary-Treasurer of Delta Epsilon Sigma with dedication and commitment for over 20 years, and whose leadership transformed the Society. The competition encourages student Delta Epsilon Sigma members to reflect on how their personal engagement in service reflects the tenets of Catholic social teaching and enriches the local, national, or global community, as well as ways in which they will continue or expand their service in the future.

Based upon her service, academics, and personal thesis, Doriot was selected by a committee as the student best embodying the ideals of Catholic social teaching through her engagement in service. Miss Doriot was awarded a $1,000 prize and will be profiled in the Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal.

Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. It recognizes academic accomplishments, while fostering scholarly activities, and encouraging a sense of intellectual community among its members. Over 100 colleges and universities are charter members of Delta Epsilon Sigma.

Doriot is a junior at Holy Cross majoring in Business and Theology with a 3.87 grade point average. She is involved in Mission Team, Student Government, and the St. Vincent de Paul Club.