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McQuaid Medal Recipients


Marian Glenn, Ph.D.

Marian G. Glenn, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Marian Glenn recalls with gratitude the confluence of good forces that lifted her into adulthood, including a family that enjoyed life out-of-doors with a religious orientation of wonder, beauty and service. Encouraged by energetic teachers caught up in national policy promoting the sciences,she completed a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Middlebury College and began teaching middle school science. Working with teachers at Tehran International School, she helped create a summer wilderness program that kindled her desire to study ecology. She completed a doctorate in biology at Tufts University and joined the biology department at Seton Hall in 1985 to help launch the master's program in microbiology. She revived an undergraduate course in ecology and — stirred by the currents of the environmental movement on campus — helped develop an interdepartmental major in environmental studies.In 1997, as chair of the Faculty Senate, Glenn ventured outside the sciences and joined the committee to set up the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, serving as associate dean for three years. She then served as interim director for the University Honors Program and led Seton Hall's participation in Bridging the Gap Between the Humanities and Sciences, a summer program that joined science and humanities faculty members from various colleges to read and discuss core texts and replicate classic science experiments.Around the turn of the millennium, Glenn joined a group of Seton Hall faculty members charged with developing an undergraduate core curriculum. The faculty implemented three signature courses rooted in questions central — but not exclusive to — the Catholic intellectual tradition. Glenn served six years as course coordinator for the first course, Journey of Transformation. These years of deep transformation within the faculty,including travel to Rome and countless seminars and mission-related faculty development programs, form the foundation for new undergraduate courses tha tGlenn teaches in Ecology and Stewardship, Sustaining the Marine Environment and Journey of the Universe.Glenn's research, empirical studies of the forest environment, currently focuses on measuring biodiversity in the forest regeneration project at South Mountain Reservation.

Msgr. Richard M. Liddy,

Monsignor Richard M. Liddy, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion
College of Arts and Sciences

Monsignor Richard M. Liddy is University Professor of Catholic Thought and Culture and director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall. He is also a member of the Departments of Religion and Catholic Studies. Previously he was rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and spiritual director at theNorth American College in Rome. Monsignor Liddy earned a bachelor of arts degree from Seton Hall in 1960 and licentiate and doctoral degrees in sacred theology from Gregorian University in1964 and 1970, respectively. His doctoral dissertation was on the work of American philosopher of art SusanneK. Langer. In 1993, he published a work on his teacher, the Jesuit philosopher theologian Bernard Lonergan, S.J. (1904-1984), titled Transforming Light: Intellectual Conversion in the Early Lonergan. His book Startling Strangeness: Reading Lonergan's Insight was published in 2007. It deals with his own encounter with Lonergan as a student in Rome in the 1960s.

Marie D. Somers, M.A.

Marie D. Somers, M.A.

Director, Web Content Systems
Department of Information Technology

Marie Somers' career at Seton Hall has advanced in time with the University's increasing reputation as a leader in higher education technology. Somers arrived in 1990 as a secretary in the Division of Computing Services, a post she held for two years. She was there when Seton Hall's mobile computing project became a reality. She distributed laptops and initiated the asset management process that, over the years, has supported the integration of mobile technology into the academic life of the University. Somers can remember when the Seton Hall website premiered in 1994. At the time, it was housed on a single server and needed content to establish its Internet identity. As secretary to the chair of the Middle States Steering Committee, Somers provided the outline of the content that defined the University's presence on the World Wide Web, as it was then commonly known. She progressed to the role of campus-wide information systems coordinator in 1995. Six years later she became Seton Hall's manager of Web development. Now the director of Web content systems, Somers has enjoyed watching the University's Web presence progress through various iterations to encompass every facet of University life — from encouraging prospective students to apply to promoting academic excellence to supporting the spiritual mission of New Jersey's oldest Catholic university.

"Since its founding, Seton Hall has made, and continues to make, moral education a priority of the first rank."

-- Seton Hall University Statement on Catholicity
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