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Faculty Accolades

  1. Photo of Manhattan College Campus in the spring

    Four Manhattan College Students Receive Prestigeous Gilman International Scholarships

    Scholarships Enable Pell Grant Recipients to Study Around the Globe

  2. Photo of John L. Paluszek Scholarship Winner Elizabeth Kalaj ‘25

    John L. Paluszek Scholarship Awarded To Elizabeth Kalaj ‘25 At Manhattan College

    Scholarship Honors First Generation College Students in the Liberal Arts with a Focus on Civic Engagement

  3. Photo of Sarah Scott

    Sarah Scott, Ph.D. Professor From Manhattan College Appointed Fellow Of The National Humanities Center

    Focus of Study is on Frances Power Cobbe, British Philosopher and Women’s Rights and Animal Welfare Activist

  4. Photo of Melinda Wilson in Center for Academic Success

    Melinda Wilson Named Director of Manhattan College Center For Academic Success

    On-Campus Learning Center is Devoted to Assisting All Manhattan College Students in Any Academic Field

  5. Photo of President Riverso and Columbia exchange students and faculty

    Manhattan College Hosts Visiting Students and Faculty Scholars From Colombia, South America

    Studies focus on improvement of agricultural business development and soil analysis for rural communities.

  6. Photo of Dean Marcy Kelly

    Manhattan College receives National Science Foundation grant for STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence Center

    The College has been awarded an NSF grant to establish the STEM Teaching and Learning Center. This initiative will promote dialogue on scholarly teaching methods, offer targeted support for instructing first-year science students—particularly those from under-resourced high schools—and cultivate a cohesive community among science students from diverse backgrounds.

  7. Angela Oliveira, alum and Chair of Radiologic Health Professions teaching students

    Manhattan College Details Great Success in its Radiation Therapy Technology Program

    Manhattan College's Radiation Therapy Technology Program achieves unparalleled success with a 100% pass rate among recent graduates. Led by alumna Angela Oliveira, the program offers rigorous training and hands-on experience in premier healthcare facilities, setting the standard for excellence in radiation therapy education.

  8. George Giakos

    Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Selected as One of the World’s Top Industry Scientists by International Artificial Intelligence Alliance

    George K. Giakos, Ph.D., was chosen for his research and contributions in the field of artificial intelligence. 

  9. Kelly Marin

    Kelly Marin, Ph.D, Recognized as a Distinguished Lasallian Educator for 2023

    The Manhattan College interim associate provost was chosen for demonstrating the Lasallian characteristics of empathy, wisdom, honesty and humility.    

  10. Judith Plaskow

    Pioneering Jewish Feminist Theologian Judith Plaskow Inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame

    The  professor emerita of religious studies spent more than three decades teaching at Manhattan College.    

  11. Fall Campus

    Manhattan College Mathematics Professor Wins 2024 American Mathematical Society Award for Distinguished Public Service

    Angel Pineda, Ph.D., was chosen for his tireless work supporting mathematicians in resource- poor environments throughout the world.     

  12. Bart Horn

    Manhattan College Physics Professor Receives $135,000 NSF Grant to Study Early Universe Cosmology

     Bart Horn, Ph.D., wants to create opportunities for undergraduates and introduce a new generation of researchers to the field  

  13. Angel Pineda

    Mathematics Professor Awarded a $434,000 Grant from the National Institutes of Health

    This is a renewal of Angel Pineda’s current grant continuing his research into MRI effectiveness and efficiency.    

  14. JimenaGonzález-Ramírez

    Manhattan College Professor Awarded Grants to Diversify Economics Education

    Jimena González-Ramírez wants to increase the success of women and historically underrepresented groups in the economics profession.    

  15. UN Sustainable Goals

    Manhattan College Professor Pamela Chasek Among International Researchers Calling for Major Reforms of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    The political science professor is a co-author of an article published on September 15 in the journal Science.      

  16. Dr.Mehanaz Afridi, Dr.Milo Riverso, Dr. ClarenceJones, Rep. Ritchie Torres and Councilman Jeffrey Dinowitz.

    Manhattan College Honors Clarence B. Jones, Lawyer and Confidant of Martin Luther King Jr.

    U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres also presented Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., with the first annual “Dr. Clarence B. Jones I Have a Dream Award.”    

  17. Parisa Saboori

    Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives Outstanding Student Section Advisor Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

    Parisa Saboori has provided guidance and support to the Manhattan College ASME student section for six years.     

  18. Winston Peters

    Program Director of Manhattan College’s Entrepreneurship Center Appointed to the Bronx Economic Development Corporation

    Winston Peters ’02, is one of five new members chosen at the non-profit organization.     

  19. Pax Christi Awards Ceremony

    Professor of Religious Studies Receives Prestigious National Peacemaker Award

    Kevin Ahern was cited for his worldwide peacemaking efforts.    

  20. School of Liberal Arts Celebration

    Liberal Arts Alumni Honored at First Annual Alumni Celebration

    The John Paluszek ’55 First Generation Student of Excellence Scholarship Announced  

  21. Rachel Cirelli

    Rachel Cirelli Receives Diversity Leadership Mentor Award

    Cirelli was honored by New York Moves Magazine for her role as a leader in supporting and mentoring students at Manhattan College.    

  22. Kelly Marin Wins Distinguished Lasallian Award

    Kelly Marin Honored with 2022-23 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award

    Colleagues describe her as a deserving recipient who is highly trustworthy and ethical.  

  23. Women in STEM Panel

    Women in STEM Event Brings Together Alumnae, Faculty and Students to Share their Professional, Academic and Research Accomplishments

    The event introduced prospective students to the unique opportunities that await them at Manhattan College. 

  24. Oleg Goushcha at Kennedy Space Center

    Manhattan College Professor Plays a Major Role in NASA’s Artemis Program

    Oleg Goushcha, an adjunct mechanical engineering professor, conducts wind tunnel testing on the Space Launch System Rocket. .

  25. Sr. Mary Ann Jacobs, Sr. Remegia Kushner and Fatima Carvalho-Gianni

    Sister Remigia Kushner and Sister Mary Ann Jacobs Honored for their Contributions to Catholic Education

    Their careers in education at Manhattan College have been dedicated to leadership and service.

  26. Brennan O'Donnell, president emeritus

    Misericordia University Names Brennan O’Donnell, Manhattan College President Emeritus, to its Board of Trustees

    O’Donnell received an honorary degree from Misericordia in 2019 and both his mother and aunt are alumni of the northeastern Pennsylvania university. 

  27. Campus photo

    Nine Retiring Manhattan College Faculty Members Earn Emeritus Status

    Salwa Ammar, Joan Cammarata, Brother Patrick Horner, Carol Hurwitz, Stephen Kaplan, Beth Kosky, Janet McShane, Brother Augustine Nicoletti and the late Graham Walker, who receives posthumous emeritus status, are retiring.

  28. Kevin Ahern speaking to group

    Kevin Ahern Closes Chapter as International President of Catholic Lay Movement

    Pope Francis recognized the work Ahern has done in international Catholicism.

  29. Safe Halloween photo

    Kappa Delta Pi Gains Notice for Virtual Halloween Program

    The Education and Health honor society is recognized for its efforts in the community.

  30. Portrait photo of Maria Maust-Mohl

    Maria Maust-Mohl to Receive the Brother Casimir Gabriel Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

    The award will be given as part of the annual Costello Lecture.

  31. Portrait photo of Poonam Arora

    Poonam Arora Among Those to Receive $5M NSF Grant on Climate Change

    The O’Malley School of Business professor aims to engage communities to enable coastal resilience.

  32. Portrait photo of Cristina Perez Jimenez

    Cristina Pérez Jiménez One of Nine to Receive U.S. Latino Digital Humanities Grant

    The grant will support the development of a digital humanities project entitled “The Latino Catskills.”

  33. Lawrence Udeigwe portrait photo

    Lawrence Udeigwe Awarded Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professorship at MIT

    A faculty member in the mathematics department, Udeigwe joins a group that has included Anita Hill and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

  34. Smith Auditorium on the quadrangle

    Five Retiring Manhattan College Faculty Members Earn Emeritus Status

    Mitchell Aboulafia, Gary Kolks, Dong Lee, Romeo Pascone and Suzanne Rudnick each have had long tenures at Manhattan College.

  35. Lawrence Udeigwe portrait photo

    Lawrence Udeigwe Receives Significant Grant from Department of Defense

    Udeigwe’s work will be a mathematical investigation of the effect of homeostasis in neuronal learning and memory formation.

  36. Lawrence Udeigwe portrait photo

    Mathematics Professor Focuses on Future of Autonomous Vehicles

    Lawrence Udeigwe, Ph.D., is helping shape the research and development agenda.

  37. Student veterans talking in 2018

    Manhattan College to Take Part in Veterans Day Events

    Stephen Kaplan, Ph.D., was honored by the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and BronxNet will air a panel on Veterans Day.

  38. Smith Auditorium from Walsh Plaza

    National Science Foundation Grant Helps Professors Teach Mathematics through Modeling of Real-Life Scenarios

    Patrice Tiffany is working on an initiative to use a modeling-first approach to support students and faculty in the learning and teaching of differential equations.

  39. Dave Dzombak and Jeanette Brown posing in front of window

    Environmental Engineering Graduate Students Thrive in Water Industry

    Under the guidance of Jeanette Brown, Manhattan College's civil and environmental engineering students are learning practical solutions to everyday issues.

  40. Sarah Wacker and student working on biofilm project on rooftop garden

    Biochemistry Professor Sarah Wacker Receives Grant from National Institutes of Health

    The grant will allow students to study how bacteria come together to cause infections.

  41. The audience at the 2018 Costello Lecture

    Costello Lecture Event Includes Mack Holt Lecture, Award Presentation

    Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., will receive the Costello Excellence in Teaching Award.

  42. Portrait photo of Aravind Suresh

    Chemical Engineering Faculty Member Receives Major Research Grant

    Aravind Suresh, Ph.D., earned a major grant from the National Science Foundation.

  43. Mehnaz Afridi at podium in O'Malley Library

    Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., to Receive Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

    Afridi is a widely recognized interfaith scholar and dynamic classroom presence.

  44. Portrait photo of Cristina Perez Jimenez

    English Professor is One of 24 Nationwide to Receive Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Cristina Pérez Jiménez, Ph.D., earns competitive national fellowship. 

  45. Entrance to O'Malley School of Business

    O’Malley School of Business Faculty Receive Grant for Financial Literacy Initiative

    Manhattan College faculty are working to enhance finance knowhow for students and the greater Bronx community.

  46. Charles Geisst's books side by side

    For Four Decades, Charles Geisst Has Delivered Critical Insight on World Finance

    The longtime Manhattan College professor will retire in May with a long-lasting impact.

  47. Lisa Rizopoulos with students in classroom

    Faculty and Students Sustain Bonds Beyond Classroom Doors

    Students speak on the valuable connections they maintain after the semester is over or in some cases, after graduation.

  48. Ahmed Goma teaching at blackboard

    Distinguished Educator Award Highlights Ahmed Goma’s Impact on His Students

    Goma has taught accounting at Manhattan College for 30 years.

  49. man standing in front of mountain range

    Ancient Species Named for Biology Professor? Wild!

    Bruce Shockey, Ph.D., a Manhattan College science professor, is now a part of history.

  50. Moujalli Hourani sitting in chair smiling

    Moujalli Hourani, D.Sc., Earns Outstanding Achievement Award from The Moles

    The professional construction organization recognizes the longtime civil engineering professor.

  51. Keith Brower presents award to Joan Cammarata

    Joan Cammarata Nominated by Students to Receive Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

    Cammarata is a beloved professor in the Modern Languages and Literatures department.

  52. Bill Clyde at veterans services event in Smith

    Salvation Army Appoints Provost William Clyde to National Advisory Board

    Clyde’s research in development and poverty alleviation will benefit Salvation Army’s mission.

  53. An image of female professor and student looking at plants in greenhouse

    Summer Research Discoveries

    Students from all five undergraduate schools are conducting Manhattan College research in 2018.

  54. Gloria Bauman, George Giakos working in lab

    Student/Faculty Team Creating Better Techniques to Diagnose Lung Cancers

    Electrical engineers are working to quickly and accurately identify the stages of lung cancer.

  55. Dr. Kirchner pointing to data on screen and speaking to students.

    Student-Faculty Collaboration: Visualizing the Unseen

    Richard Kirchner, Ph.D., a School of Science professor emeritus who has inspired generations of Jaspers, continues crystallography research with students.

  56. An image of a group of students posing together on campus.

    College Volunteers Lead City-Wide Outreach During Mission Month

    Students and faculty spent the month of April volunteering in New York City. In doing so, they carried out the Manhattan College mission, which inspires us to lead and serve our community.

  57. Chemical engineering students in lab

    New Chemical Engineering Faculty Making Connections to Job Placements, Industries

    Manhattan College chemical engineers have the opportunity to intern and work at a number of organizations locally and nationally.

  58. Inside of driverless car

    Philosophy Professor to Study Ethics of Self-Driving Cars

    Heidi Furey is part of a National Science Foundation grant focused on the dilemmas surrounding autonomous vehicles.

  59. Chemistry lab

    Biochemistry Professor Receives NIH Grant to Study Genetic Integrity

    Bryan Wilkins, Ph.D., a faculty member in the Biochemistry department, is working on chromatin remodeler complexes in living cells.

  60. Keith Brower presenting David Bollert with Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

    Students Support Bollert to Receive Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

    A faculty member in the philosophy department, Bollert is highly regarded by his students and peers.

  61. Carissa Harris, Ph.D.

    Carissa Harris, Ph.D., to Deliver 16th Annual Costello Lecture

    A Manhattan College faculty member will also receive the annual Costello Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  62. Deep Foundations Institute

    Engineering Faculty Member and Two Students Recognized by DFI Educational Trust

    Manhattan College is the only school nationwide with two student scholarship recipients.

  63. saguaros

    Endowed Biology Chair Champions Student Research in the Sonoran Desert

    Professor Lance Evans tracks the decline of a Southwest American symbol with the help of student researchers. 

  64. Pamela Chasek at the United Nations

    Chasek Commemorates 20 Years of Model UN in Closing Remarks

    Longtime adviser and co-founder of Earth Negotiations Bulletin encourages students to think globally but act locally.

  65. Lois Harr

    Lois Harr Receives John F. Hurley, S.J. Commendation for Work with Catholic Relief Services

    Harr has spearheaded on-campus efforts with Catholic Relief Services and Fair Trade organizations.

  66. Professors from the College scout research and study abroad opportunities with Bethlehem University.

    College Faculty Find Inspiration in Bethlehem

    Faculty from the Schools of Business, Engineering and Liberal Arts spent Jan. 1-9 forging research and other academic partnerships with students and faculty at Bethlehem University, Palestine, and meeting prominent leaders and NGOs in Bethlehem, Hebron, and Jerusalem, including the Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

  67. model un team

    Just keep swimming: Professor connects her passion to everyday spirituality

    Michele Saracino, Ph.D., professor and chair of religious studies, is researching swimming as a spiritual practice, relating our connection with water to our interactions with God and others in everyday life. 

  68. Brother Augustine Nicoletti, FSC

    Brother Augustine Nicoletti, FSC Appointed President of Ethiopian Catholic University

    After 13 years at Manhattan College, Brother Augustine will lead the Ethiopian Catholic University of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

  69. Andrew Skotnicki

    Andrew Skotnicki, Ph.D., Receives Costello Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Religious studies professor has been a member of the College’s faculty since 2002.

  70. Manhattan College quadrangle

    Center for the Study of the Future of Education Introduces Two New Directors

    Corine Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. and Lisa Toscano, Ed.D. will lead the Center.

  71. Paul Droubie

    With Tokyo 2020 on the Horizon, History Professor Shares Expertise on Japan’s Olympic History

    After the Rio Games, media interested in the next Summer Games have turned to Manhattan College’s Paul Droubie, Ph.D.

  72. Mark Pottinger

    Mark A. Pottinger, Ph.D. One of 23 Scholars to Receive Berlin Prize for 2016-17 Academic Year

    Pottinger is the first Manhattan College faculty member to receive the prestigious Berlin Prize.

  73. Karen Nicholson

    Karen Nicholson Named Dean of School of Education and Health

    As an associate professor, Nicholson has helped the school thrive for more than two decades.

  74. Cheryl Harrison

    Cheryl Harrison Appointed Dean of School of Continuing and Professional Studies

    During Harrison’s time at Manhattan, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies has developed into a vital pillar of the College.

  75. William Merriman

    William J. Merriman ’73, Ph.D., To Give Keynote Address at Spring Commencement

    The outgoing dean of the School of Education and Health, Merriman will receive an honorary degree at the Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 21.

  76. Walter P. Saukin, Ph.D., receives award

    Walter P. Saukin, Ph.D., Honored for Work with Summer Engineering Program

    Longtime engineering professor directs popular and comprehensive program for high school students.

  77. Richard Kirchner, Ph.D.

    Richard Kirchner, Ph.D. Receives Senior Scientist Mentor Award

    The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation honors Manhattan College's Richard Kirchner, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry.

  78. Pamela Chasek receiving award

    Pamela Chasek Earns Sigma Iota Rho Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

    An expert in international policy and climate change, the longtime Manhattan College professor is recognized by the international studies honor society.

  79. brpatrickhorner

    Br. Patrick Horner Receives Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

    Nominated by one of his students, Br. Patrick is honored for 38 years of service to Manhattan College.

  80. br_berger

    Br. Robert Berger Celebrates 40 Years as Brother, Teacher, Mentor and Friend

    Since 1988, Br. Robert has made a wide-ranging impact on his alma mater.

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    Matthew McManness Appointed Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer

    McManness brings 36 years of experience to the position.

  82. Jennifer Edwards

    History Professor Jennifer Edwards Receives the 2015 William Koren, Jr. Prize

    Edwards honored for article in the Journal of Medieval History.

  83. 3d replication

    Engineering Professor Creates Technology to Replicate Rare Pieces of Antique Instruments

    Sina Shahbazmohamadi, Ph.D., in collaboration with the University of Connecticut, is revolutionizing the history of music with the replication of rare antique instrument parts using a 3-D printer.

  84. Dr. Bridget Chalk

    Passports and Expatriates: Professor Reveals a Paradox of the Modernist Movement

    ‘Modernism and Mobility,’ a new book by Manhattan College professor Bridget Chalk, Ph.D., investigates the peculiar relationship between documentation and the individual.

  85. Small Batch Book Cover

    Visiting Professor of English Explores Contemporary Craft Industry Through Creative Nonfiction

    Suzanne Cope, Ph.D., published a new book “Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food”

  86. Arno Kolz

    Psychology Department’s Arno Kolz Receives Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

    Nominated by his students, the longtime Manhattan College professor was honored at the annual Costello Lecture series.

  87. William Walters

    College Names William H. Walters as Executive Director of Library

    Walters will oversee the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library.

  88. Virtually Sacred Book Cover

    Professor Investigates Connection Between Virtual Worlds in Video Games and Religion; Fosters Student Research and Publications

    Robert Geraci releases new book on how video games might play a role in the religious options of modern life and publishes paper with student as a result of NSF grant.

  89. History Professor Julie Pycior

    History Professor Julie Leininger PyciorPublishes Book on Mexican-American Activism

    Award-winning author and historical adviser releases new book.

  90. Maria Maust-Mohl

    Manhattan College Professor Hears Call of the Wild

    Maria Maust-Mohl, professor of psychology, and a leading authority on animal communication and behavior, hopes to learn more about the sounds animals make and how the environment affects these sounds for species in zoos and in the wild.

  91. Brennan O'Donnell

    President Receives Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award

    Brennan O’Donnell receives prestigious literary award on June 4.

  92. Brennan O'Donnell

    President Elected to ACCU’s Board of Directors

    Brennan O’Donnell elected to Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors.

  93. Brother Scanlan

    Saint Mary’s University to Honor Former College President

    Brother Thomas Scanlan and Christian Brothers leaders to receive honorary doctorate degrees on Feb. 13.

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    Environmental Engineering Professor Inducted into AAEES

    Robert Sharp, Ph.D., P.E., was recently recognized as a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.

  95. Tim Ward

    Dean of Manhattan College’s School of Engineering Accepted as Fellow of Environmental and Water Resources Institute

    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will recognize Tim Ward as a Fellow at the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress.

  96. Br. Francis Bowers

    Brother Francis Bowers Celebrates 50-Plus Years of Service

    Br. Francis’ longtime and wide-ranging service helped shape the future of Manhattan College

  97. Faculty Recognition Convocation

    Manhattan Honors Longtime Educators at 2013 Faculty Recognition Convocation

    The College community celebrated longtime faculty on April 22 at the annual Faculty Recognition Convocation in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers.

  98. Brennan O'Donnell

    Manhattan College President Selected as Featured Speaker at the Westchester Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Annual Dinner

    Irish society will hold annual black-tie dinner on March 14

  99. Rostislav Konoplich

    Manhattan College Physicist Contributes to Landmark Scientific Discovery

    Rostislav Konoplich, Ph.D. travels to and from Geneva to collect data from the Large Hadron Collider as part of the team working on the Higgs boson discovery.

  100. John Wilcox

    Manhattan College Theologian Releases Book Forecasting the Future of Catholic Higher Education

    Manhattan College theologian John R. Wilcox, professor emeritus of religious studies, recently published a book outlining the challenges Catholic colleges and universities face with diminishing numbers of clergy members on campus.

  101. Charles Geisst, Ph.D.

    Manhattan College’s Charles Geisst Publishes Financial History Book

    Financial historian Charles Geisst, Ph.D., Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Professor of Economics and Finance at Manhattan College, will publish his 19th book, Beggar Thy Neighbor: A History of Usury and Debt, on March 4. Beggar Thy Neighbor recounts the major debt revolutions of the past to the most recent financial crises.