Quinnipiac University recently recognized a Cheshire resident with its most prestigious staff award.
Marion Sparago, a secretary in the School of Education, was honored with the Excellence in Service to Students Award at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students ceremony on Thursday at the university’s Mount Carmel Campus.
"My goal is to ensure that each student is well taken care of and knows that I, and the School of Education, am available whenever he or she is in need of any assistance - whether it is a question relating to the program or someone to talk with or a shoulder on which to lean," Sparago said. "I hope what I do in the School of Education has a positive impact on students. I guess because I have four daughters - three of whom have been through college - I have an idea of the pressures and stresses students can encounter, and if I can greet them with a smile and make them feel at home, I feel like I am accomplishing something."
Also honored with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students Award were: Camille Bracale, a custodian; Leonard Engel, professor of English in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences; Heidi Erickson, senior associate director of admissions; Angela Mattie, associate professor in the Healthcare Management and Organizational Leadership department in the School of Business and Engineering; and Andri Smith, associate professor chemistry in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Each recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award, a Center for Excellence sculpture and their names will be carved into the stone plaque in the Arnold Bernhard Library. They will also be featured in "Quinnipiac Magazine" and attend a luncheon with President John L. Lahey in April.