Reflections of Spring
The familiar plink of aluminum bat on leather ball leaves no doubt that spring is finally here. From the excitement of graduation to the enrollment push for next year's class, spring is a time for both planning and reflection. Perhaps, then, it's an appropriate time for all of us to reflect on Xavier's Jesuit mission, our commitment to it and how we might better serve those around us in the coming year. Just a thought. April's Xavier Faces are Tyrone Williams, a professor in the Department of English, and Paul Fiorelli, director for the Cintas Institute for Business Ethics. And of course, we have our regular features as well. We invite you to send us your thoughts or suggestions.
Inside Xavier is pleased to spotlight the University's new monthly Employee Recognition Program, which publicly recognizes individuals who consistently reflect our Jesuit mission in terms of being men and women for others, consistently go the extra mile in their efforts and consistently put Xavier's interests ahead of their own. This honor is part of a larger initiative of the President's Administrative Council to better inform, connect and recognize faculty, staff and administrators throughout the institution. Honorees are selected by the President's Cabinet. If you would like to nominate someone for employee recognition, fill out our nomination form.
Irene Hodgson, Professor, Department of Modern Languages
For more than 20 years, Irene Hodgson has demonstrated a strong commitment to Ignatian ideals and reflection. She is a great advocate for the Office of Student Life and Leadership, a role model for the University's integrated-learning philosophy, and has been actively involved as an advisor to Xavier's social justice wing. Irene routinely goes the extra mile, living on campus as a faculty-in-residence and leading many service-learning trips to Nicaragua. For these and many other reasons, she exemplifies the ideals undergirding this award.
Evelyn Brannen, Curriculum/Certification Specialist, Office of the Registrar
Evelyn Brannen's life is devoted to service. She coordinates a lunchtime group of Xavier personnel to knit and crochet caps for premature Appalachian babies; she has a rosary-making group whose rosaries can be found around the world; she raises funds to support education efforts in Nigeria; she leads Bible-study groups in her home twice a week; and hosts sandwich-making Saturdays once a month to provide food for the Saint Francis-Saint Joseph Catholic Worker House in Over-the-Rhine. She also coordinates Xavier's annual clothing drive. These examples, and many more, clearly qualify her for this award.
If you know a fellow employee who goes above and beyond
to make Xavier a better place for all,
be sure to nominate him or her.