Partners in Mission is an event that celebrates service anniversaries and connects us with the vision of our founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University’s mission, and the women and men who make our mission a reality – our faculty and staff. This year's event will be held on May 9, 2019.

This event is titled Partners in Mission for a reason – for a mission is merely a collection of words if it lacks believers and partners to carry it forward. We are fortunate to have believers and partners on this campus, and at this event, we honor them for their work on behalf of our mission.

Honoring Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger

Along with recognizing service anniversaries, Partners in Mission day integrates the feast day honoring the foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger. The spirit of Blessed Theresa and the educational vision of the School Sisters of Notre Dame permeate the history and tradition of the University. Our campus community is inspired by the conviction that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. So as we gather together for this event, we honor Blessed Theresa and celebrate the gifts and accomplishments of our Partners in Mission – women and men, lay and religious, who live out the SSND values and the NDMU mission, who are observing significant service anniversaries.

Inspired by the School Sisters, we “trust and dare,” pursue unity, seek truth and educate to transform the world.

We ask our campus community to look inward and consider these questions:

  • What does it mean to be a partner in mission?
  • What does it mean to live our mission each day, every day on this campus?

And now we ask you, dear reader, what are your answers to those questions?

2019 Celebrants

Over 20 Years

40 Years

Helen Burkins, business office

30 Years

William Davis, English department
Melissa Falen, school of education

25 Years

Mary Alice Adams, business office
Warren Szelistowski, information technology
Paul Weldon, biology department

20 Years

Maeve O'Donovan, philosophy department
Joan Sattler, school of education
Varvara Sheliga, information technology

15 Years

Dawn Bradshaw, office of the president
Jocelyn McKeon, chemistry department
Desiree Melton, philosophy department
Charles Wilson, public safety

10 Years

Payal Agarwal, school of pharmacy
Gilda Anroman, school of pharmacy
Larry Beyer, business & economics department
Asish Dutta, school of pharmacy
Crissa Holder Smith, academic affairs
Maria Mouratidis, psychology department
Lisa Pallett, school of education
Angela Simmons, school of education
Angela Snyder, school of education

5 Years

Rachel Burk, foreign languages department
Scott Class, school of pharmacy
Janice Dixon, A Child's Place
Gail Donahue, school of education
Kendra Downey, office of financial aid
Stephen "Ward" Eisinger, risk management & public safety
Cheri Johns, athletics
Kelley Kilduff, institutional advancement
Marci Leadbeter, women's college admissions
Anne Malone, advancement services
Stephen Marshall, information technology
LaReine-Marie Mosely, religious studies department
Jessie Sell, school of arts, sciences and business
Jonathan Thigpen, school of pharmacy
Marylou Yam, office of the president
Rebecca Zordan, biology department