Tuesday February 28, 2006

2006 Lackner Winners

Two professors with nearly 80 years experience between them win the 2006 Lackner Awards for advancing UD's Catholic and Marianist character.

James Farrelly and Roberta Weaver, two University of Dayton educators with nearly eight decades of experience between them, have won UD's 2006 Lackner Awards. The award honors faculty and staff who have made a significant contribution to the Catholic and Marianist character of UD.

"Dr. Farrelly is an institution on campus, where he has spent close to four decades in the classroom," said Fred Pestello, provost and senior vice president for educational affairs. "He's a brilliant English professor who can converse about the masterpieces of world literature as easily as he can discuss Stephen King's movies. His wit is trademark. His energy is contagious. His standards remain high."

Farrelly, professor of English and coordinator of the film studies program, has taught at UD for 39 years. He resides in Oakwood.

"For him, the Marianist spirit is contagious because of the partnership between lay faculty members and vowed Marianists," said the Rev. Paul Marshall, S.M., rector.

Roberta Weaver, a member of UD's faculty for 40 years, is now in her fourth year as associate dean for community outreach in the School of Education and Allied Professions. Weaver, who resides in Clayton, specializes in special education.

"Teaching is more than a career. It's a love for her. At the center of this love is her desire to teach and work with those with special needs," Marshall said.

Weaver helped launch UD's Urban Teacher Academy, a program designed to draw talented teachers to careers in local urban schools. She was instrumental in the development of the Dayton Early College Academy, an innovative public high school on UD's campus that has drawn national attention for the way it's preparing urban youth for college.

"The Marianist approach to education is deeply committed to the common good, with a special concern for the poor and marginalized and the rights of all people," Pestello said. "Throughout her career, she has taken that approach to heart."

Contact James Farrelly at (937) 229-3435 and Roberta Weaver at (937) 229-3342.