Manhattan Names Lasallian Educator of the Year and Honors Long-time Faculty

As a way to celebrate faculty at Manhattan College, the College community gathered on April 16 for its annual Faculty Convocation in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers.

As a way to celebrate faculty at Manhattan College, the College community gathered on April 16 for its annual Faculty Convocation in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers.

Brother James Wallace, FSC, vice president for the office of mission, presented John Wasacz, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and chemistry, with the Lasallian Educator of the Year.  

“One of the points on our five-pointed Lasallian star denotes a commitment to a quality education, and that is why we are honoring John Wasacz and the commitment that he makes to our students,” Joseph Capitani, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, read in the citation.

“As a student, I was blessed by excellent teachers and mentors,” Wasacz said. “I am especially indebted to my research advisor, Dr. Madeleine Joullie at the University of Pennsylvania, and Br. William Batt at Manhattan for their advice and guidance in my early career. Hopefully I can pass this on.”

Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, also awarded Bonus et Fidelis medals to faculty for 25 and 50 years of service. Donald Gray, Ph.D., professor of religious studies, and Rentaro Hashimoto, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, received recognition for their 50 years of service to the College. Both John Horvath, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Brother Thomas O’Connor, public services librarian, also were praised for their 25 years of service.

In addition, a number of retired faculty were honored with the title emeritus. The emeritus faculty included: Faraj Abdulahad, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and finance; Katalin Bencsath, Ph.D., professor of math and computer science; George Freijie, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Barry Kendler, Ph.D., professor of biology; Thomas Mancuso, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Al Manduley, M.B.A., assistant professor of management and marketing; John McCabe, Ph.D., associate professor of math and computer science; Michael McCausland, Ph.D., retired assistant professor of psychology; Judith Plaskow, Ph.D., professor of religious studies; Rodney Rodriguez, Ph.D., retired professor of modern languages and literature; Charles Stolze, Ph.D., professor of math and computer science; and John Tomer, Ph.D., professor of economics and finance.