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Loftus Award Celebration

This year's Loftus Award Celebration will be held virtually on April 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.

Held annually during Heritage Week, the Loftus Award Celebration features the presentation of the Br. Arthur Austin Loftus Award to an outstanding Christian Brother. Long-serving faculty, administrators, and staff members are also honored.

Those who have worked at the College for 50 years receive the Facere et Docere Award; for 40 years, the Pro Multis Anni Award; for 30 years, the Bene Merenti Award; and for 20 years, the Pro Operis Award.

Both the celebration and award are named after Br. Arthur Austin Loftus, CFC (1904 - 1979). Br. Loftus was an extraordinary teacher, leader, and Brother who served as the College's second President, Provincial of the Congregation, and Superior General of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, the first non-Irish-born Brother elected to that post.

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Br. Arthur A. Loftus Award Recipients

"Take courage, the good seed will grow up in the children's hearts later on." -Blessed Edmund Rice

Brother Dennis Gunn discovered his passion for teaching when he was a college student and he volunteered at the Nativity Mission School on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before that, a friend had introduced him to the Men and Boys choir of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Center where he had the opportunity to express his faith through song and praise and work with the youth in the choir. It was not long after that Dennis’ direction in life became clearer for him, a pathway that would foster his faith while he served in creative and exciting ways as a classroom teacher. Raised a Lutheran, he converted to Catholicism and began researching opportunities to serve in a teaching order of Brothers. In his over twenty-five years as an Edmund Rice Christian Brother, Dennis has taught every grade, from 1st through 12th and at every level from elementary through graduate school; without a doubt, he embodies the Congregation’s motto, “to do and to teach.”

Br. Gunn’s assignments have included: Blessed Sacrament High School, New Rochelle, NY; Sacred Heart Elementary School, Manhattan; Catholic Memorial, West Roxbury, MA; Fe Y Allegra School, Lima, Peru; St. Patrick’s Elementary School, Tampa, FL; St. Joseph’s High School, Jackson, Mississippi; Iona College; and the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University. While teaching in Boston, he completed a Master’s Degree in Religious Education at Boston College. In 2014 he earned his Ph.D. in Religious Education from Fordham University; his doctoral dissertation is entitled “Toward Infinite Horizons of Wonder: Bernard Lonergan’s Philosophy of Education and the Role of Critical Thinking in Teaching Religion in Catholic Secondary Schools.” Having been published widely in the field of education, Br. Gunn eagerly anticipates the Spring 2020 publication of his first book, Educating for Civic Dialogue in an Age of Uncivil Discourse (Routledge). This text draws from Br. Gunn’s study of Lonergan as well as his extensive years of teaching and guiding young teachers.

When asked what grade he has most enjoyed teaching, Br. Gunn points to two very formative and rewarding experiences. First, he remembers with great fondness his classroom of 40 seventh graders at Sacred Heart School. More recently, he considers it a great honor and privilege to teach and to mentor Iona College Education students, both at the beginning of their careers in “Principles of Education” and at the end of their Iona careers as student-teachers in middle school and high school. Br. Gunn is especially proud of how the Education Department has cultivated the virtues of community and student-centeredness that are so central to the vision of Blessed Edmund Rice.

  • 2019: Br. Raymond J. Vercruysse, CFC, Ed.D., '77
  • 2018: Br. Kevin Cawley, CFC, Ph.D.
  • 2017: Br. Joseph Gerard Morgan, Ph.D. ’75
  • 2016: Br. Henry Dillemuth
  • 2015: Br. Eugene O’Brien, Ph.D.
  • 2014: Br. Joseph A. Cussen, '57
  • 2013: Br. Harry Dunkak, Ph.D., '51
  • 2012: Br. J. Kevin Devlin, Ed.D., '61
  • 2011: Br. James A. Liguori, Ed.D., '65
  • 2010: Br. Robert Novak, Ph.D., '72
  • 2009: Br. Kenneth Chapman, '56
  • 2008: The International Christian Brothers, accepted by Br. Alfred Banda
  • 2007: Br. Jack Mostyn
  • 2006: The Iona Community of Brothers, accepted by Br. Joseph Morgan, Ph.D., '75
  • 2005: Br. Brian Walsh
  • 2004: Br. Charles B. Quinn
  • 2003: The Bicentenary of the Congregation of Christian Brothers (1802 - 2002)

Service Awards

Bone et Fideli – 60 Years of Service

  • Dr. Victor Stanionis, Physics

Pro Multis Awards - 40 Years of Service

  • Dr. Frances Bailie, Computer Science
  • Dr. Robert Schiaffino, Computer Science

Bene Merenti - 30 Years of Service

  • Dr. Mary Hagerty, Political Science

Pro Operis - 20 Years of Service

  • Dr. John Breslin, Media and Strategic Communication
  • Dr. Christina Carlson, English
  • Ms. Felicia Colangelo, Student Success
  • Mr. Lewis Derenzis, Network Services
  • Mr. Frantz Desir, Custodial
  • Mr. Eugene Dyson, Security
  • Mr. Noe Flores, Grounds
  • Ms. Tatyana Komin, Information Technology
  • Ms. Valerie Masone, Ryan Library
  • Dr. Kim Paffenroth, Religious Studies
  • Dr. Robert Petrausch, Media and Strategic Communication
  • Dr. Aaron Rosenfeld, English
  • Mr. Miguel Santana, Mechanical Maintance - Plant

Pro fidelitate - 10 Years of Service

  • Ms. Regina Barone, Information Technology
  • Mr. Gary Berton, Institute for Thomas Paine Studies
  • Mr. Matthew Carey, Center Financial Mkt Studies
  • Dr. Paolina Centonze, Computer Science
  • Mr. Joe Clifton, Security
  • Mr. Michael Damergis, Media and Strategic Communication
  • Mr. Jorge Franco, Trades
  • Dr. Nicoleta Iliescu, Economics
  • Dr. Katherine Kinkela, Accounting
  • Dr. Kathleen Kristian, Chemistry
  • Dr. Joshua Leon, Political Science
  • Mr. Joseph Pienta, Track - Men's
  • Mr. Israel Rivera, Security
  • Mr. Jose Roque, Information Technology

Pro Multis Annis – 40 Years of Service

  • Mr. Dr. Vincent Calluzzo, Information Systems & Business Analytics
  • Mr. Nicholas Cavataro, Men’s Swimming
  • Dr. Michael Jordan, Provost’s Office
  • Dr. George Mangiero, Finance, Business Economics and Legal Studies

Bene Merenti – 30 Years of Service

  • Ms. Teresa Alifante, Helpdesk
  • Ms. Margaret Bohan, Counseling Services
  • Dr. Carl Procario-Foley, Mission and Ministry
  • Mr. Antonio Rizzo, Information Technology
  • Mr. John Rodriguez, Mail & Messenger Services
  • Ms. Joanne Steele, Information Technology

Pro Operis – 20 Years of Service

  • Mr. Yaw Boadu, Campus Security
  • Mr. Christian Concillion, Foreign Languages
  • Dr. Dean DeFino, English
  • Dr. Jeffry Haber, Accounting
  • Mr. Herbert Ketcham, Information Technology
  • Ms. Diana Kiel, Ryan Library
  • Ms. Nunzia Morano, Business Services
  • Ms. Daneshea Palmer, College Assistance Program
  • Ms. Kathleen Pascuzzi, Helpdesk
  • Ms. MaryEllen Walsh, School of Arts & Science

Pro Fidelitate – 10 Years of Service

  • Mr. Sander Ceneus, Custodial
  • Ms. Donna Crisp, Social Work
  • Ms. Leonne Desir, Custodial
  • Dr. Joshua Klein, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Dorothy Leone, Speech Communication Studies
  • Ms. Kulsoom Rezvi, Information Technology
  • Dr. Heechang Shin, Information Systems & Business Analytics
  • Mr. Fred Sica, Campus Security
  • Dr. Ellen Small, Education
  • Mr. William Zimmerman, Education

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

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