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Mount professor, library director receive awards at Commencement

May 21, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Sarah Uzelac, a professor of Psychology, division chair of Social Sciences, and chair of Faculty Affairs Committee, presents the Mount Saint Mary College Faculty Award to Barbara Whitney Petruzzelli, director of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, on Saturday, May 18.

Sarah Uzelac, a professor of Psychology, division chair of Social Sciences, and chair of Faculty Affairs Committee, presents the Mount Saint Mary College Faculty Award to Barbara Whitney Petruzzelli, director of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, on Saturday, May 18.

In addition to recognizing 600 graduates at its 56th annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, Mount Saint Mary College also honored two outstanding employees: Vicki Caruana, associate professor of Education, and Barbara Whitney Petruzzelli, director of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.
 
Caruana received the Student Government Association (SGA) Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes a full time professor that students believe goes above and beyond in their commitment to student success.
 Kayla O’Connor of Kearny, N.J., president of the Mount’s Student Government Association (SGA) and member of the Class of 2019, presented the Inaugural SGA Excellence in Teaching Award to Vicki Caruana, associate professor of Education, during the college’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18.
The ceremony marked is the first time the college has given this award. The entire senior class participated in selecting its recipient.
 
At the Mount, Caruana prepares teacher candidates in dual certification in the special education program (elementary and secondary) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
 
Caruana has authored more than 30 books for both teachers and parents, including the best-selling Apples & Chalkdust: Inspirational Stories and Encouragement for Teachers and for parents, The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into the Real Life in the Big World.
 
Petruzzelli was selected for the Mount Saint Mary College Faculty Award in honor of her dedication, integrity, and service to the college.
 
Sarah Uzelac, a professor of Psychology, division chair of Social Sciences, and chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, presented the award.
 
Petruzzelli has done much for the Mount in her 13 years of service, said Uzelac. She has increased the visibility and reputation of the library with programming such as the annual Library Week celebration of literature, and the frequent Wagging Tails for Stress Relief events, where trained therapy dogs visit the Mount campus during midterms and finals.
 
“Beyond the insight, intelligence, hard work, and notable memory for and attention to detail…the faculty of Mount Saint Mary College believe she is an excellent example of the dedication, integrity, and service that we value here at the Mount,” noted Uzelac.