Christian Service Award

For Living Out the Marianist Ideals in Today's Society

The Christian Service Award is presented to alumni of the University whose life’s work best reflects the unique quality of service and sacrifice to others, consistent with the Marianist’s identity of the University of Dayton.

It is given to alumni who have devoted their life in service to others, who affirms the fullness and complexity of human existence, who appreciates social justice and who brings about changes that make it more possible to live the Marianist ideal in contemporary society.

This award celebrates the rare alumnus whose life is devoted to extraordinary self sacrifice for the benefit of others. To be eligible a person must be a graduate of the University of Dayton with an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. The Alumni Board anticipates that this award will only be given when, from the pool of nominations for alumni awards, an individual clearly meets the criteria for the award. Unless there is a compelling reason to warrant an exception, only one award will be presented in any given year.

Toni Prasnikar Moore , PH.D.

Bachelor of Arts, ECONOMICS '68


Ph.D., Educational Leadership ’99

Toni Moore '68

As a student studying economics at UD, Louise “Toni” Moore had no intentions of pursuing education as a career.

Even though she took a classroom job after graduation, Moore considered it a stopover on the path to a different goal — teaching was simply something she felt comfortable doing in the meantime since she’d grown up the eldest of six siblings.

“I feel like I was always a reluctant disciple,” she said. “I never dreamed of being a teacher.”

What was supposed to be a short-term position turned into a life’s work for Moore, and she became a national leader in Catholic education during the four decades she worked as an educator, much of it as principal of Holy Angels School across from campus. In recognition of her work, the National Catholic Educational Association honored her in 2001 with its Distinguished Principal Award. 

She might have been satisfied spending the rest of her life as a teacher after discovering how much she loved it, but former UD education dean Ellis Joseph pushed her to do more. Because of his encouragement, she decided to pursue a master’s degree in inter-disciplinary studies in education, and later, a doctorate in educational leadership. In the process, she found her calling in recognizing the need for religious and spiritual support for Catholic school teachers.

Moore focused her doctoral dissertation on spiritual formation for Catholic school leaders, and in 2006 developed the St. Remy Initiative, a collaboration between UD and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to provide such support. She also created and serves as the director of the Catholic Leadership Institute Project for Catholic school leaders.  

“Back at UD, I was a cheerleader, and I still feel that’s what I am,” Moore said. “I’m a supporter of people and a believer in people.”

Past Recipients

Michael Schulz '07
Tony J. Brunswick '97
Sr. Constance J. Clark '66, '68
Blane Collison '84
Peter W. Daino, S.M. '81
Paul M. Engle '43
Daniel R. Fiehrer, D.D.S. '62
Theresa Flores '07
Barbara J. Fraser '78
The Rev. J.D. Grigsby Jr. '73
Timothy M. Harris '79
William J. Hoben '50
Philip C. Hoelle, S.M. '33
Laura Jean Libertore '83
William Lorenz '84
Richard McBride '57
Catherine Mary O'Brien '84
Claire Tierney Pfleger '78
Richard J. Pfleger '77
Timothy F. Phillips, S.M. '69
Bill Ricco '58
Maria L. Scharfenberger '86
Michael Schulz '07
John M. Spellman '65
Sr. Rosemary Wach S.N.D. '58
Sr. Rose H. Wildenhaus, C.P.P.S. '65
Denise Zaccardi '70


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