April 19, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Venezia Verdi, a junior media studies/production major, is
recognized as an Aquinas Scholar on Tuesday, April
Approximately 80 Mount Saint Mary College students were
celebrated for their academic achievements at an induction ceremony
for Aquinas, Ralph, and Boyle Scholars on Tuesday, April 18.
Nearly 200 people attended the ceremony, held in Hudson
Auditorium on campus, which recognized the Mount’s best and
Before distributing honor cords to the scholars, to be worn at
graduation, Mount president Dr. David Kennett congratulated the
students on a job well done. The cords were then blessed by Fr.
Francis Amodio, O.Carm., campus chaplain and director of the
Mount’s Campus Ministry.
The keynote address was delivered by Sr. Margaret Sullivan, OP,
a Mount alumna and professor emerita of theology at St. Anselm
College in New Hampshire.
“Tonight, I am truly in awe of what you have accomplished,” she
said to the scholars. “You really are our shining stars and our
voice of hope for the future.”
Aquinas, Ralph, and Boyle Scholar awards are presented to those
students who attain a high degree of proficiency in their studies
and have demonstrated a sincere commitment to learning at MSMC.
Candidates must be full-time students, and only 5 percent of each
class may be nominated.
A Ralph Scholar is a sophomore who has attained a grade point
average of at least 3.40 who has received the recommendation of at
least two faculty members. The Ralph Scholar Award is named in
honor of Sr. Mary Vincent Ralph, O.P., co-founder of the college
and its first academic dean.
An Aquinas Scholar is a junior or senior with a minimum grade
point average of at least 3.60 who has received the recommendation
from their major’s division. The award is named after St. Thomas
Aquinas, the patron saint of students and Catholic colleges and
The event marked the first group of Boyle Scholars the Mount has
ever produced. A Boyle Scholar is a senior in the Mount’s Adult
Degree Completion Program who has attained a minimum grade point
average of 3.60, and has been recommended by their division and
their academic advisor. The Boyle Scholar Award is named in honor
of Sr. Agnes Boyle, OP. During her time at the Mount, Sr. Boyle
initiated the adult degree program. She was also one of the
founders of what would become the Catholic Dominican Institute
(CDI), which hosted the induction ceremony.
CDI promotes the Mount’s heritage of St. Dominic, advances the
Dominican charism of study and service, provides a forum for
discussion of contemporary ethical issues, and enhances Catholic
and Jewish dialogue. The Institute welcomes persons of varied
faiths and acknowledges different religious traditions as essential
to the college’s intellectual and spiritual life.
The institute is directed by Charles Zola, associate professor
of philosophy and chair of the division of philosophy and religious