At each Spalding University commencement ceremony, two accomplished soon-to-be graduates are recognized for the achievements in scholarship, service, and contributions to the campus and regional community. This year, Elizabeth Schooler, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education, was awarded the Mother Rose Meagher Award, and Amanda Maynard, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, was the winner of the Mother Catherine Spalding Service Learning Award. Both awards are the highest university honors bestowed to bachelor’s degree candidates.
The recipient of the Mother Catherine Spalding Service Learning Award embodies the spiritual values of faith, hope and charity, which emulate Spalding’s founder, Mother Catherine Spalding. Maynard has done so as she exceled academically and took her commitment to service very seriously, volunteering beyond the nursing program’s requirements. Jacqui McMillian–Bohler, MSN, CSM, director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program says of Maynard, “In the clinical setting she provides compassionate, competent care to her patients. The hospital staff has often commented on her level of professionalism and compassion for her patients.”
The Meagher Senior Award was presented to Elizabeth Schooler because she has performed well academically and has proven record as a mature leader and member of the campus community, as well as demonstrating promise of becoming a worthy member of her profession. Audrey Cecil, director of civic engagement, describes Schooler as “always ready and willing to help” and as a member of the Eagan Service Learning Program, she played a key role in developing many student programs on campus in addition to her extracurricular volunteer work and academic studies.