McQuaid Medal Recipients
Mayra I. Colón
Assistant to the Dean
College of Education and Human Services
Mayra I. Colón has been a full-time employee of Seton Hall for 25 years, 20 of which she has served as the assistant to the dean at the College of Education and Human Services. Mayra began working for Seton Hall in 1993 as a bilingual secretary for the Talent Search Program in President’s Hall.
In 1995, Mayra joined the Office of the Bursar as a cashier-direct loan assistant where she handled student billing as well as assisted with direct loans and collections. No matter how difficult their financial situation, Mayra always treated each student with respect and compassion often going beyond what was required to provide them with guidance on university and community financial resources.
Mayra’s service is not limited to those who are part of the Seton Hall community. This past year, she coordinated multiple efforts to aid those who were suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Working with university administrators and staff, Mayra was able to organize relief support during University Weekend. A United for Puerto Rico Relief Fund table was set up with food and the opportunity for students, staff and alumni to support the cause.
Mayra also coordinated a collection effort within the College right before the holidays. All proceeds were used to buy school supplies and small Christmas gifts for students of Centro Tau, Nuestra Escuela, Inc., in Loíza, Puerto Rico. Nuestra Escuela, Inc. provides an alternative education in a municipality where 50% of residents fall below the poverty level (pre-Hurricane Maria). Mayra ached to help this school and their students — many of whom would not be receiving gifts for Christmas as their families struggled to provide them with food and water. Mayra bought and delivered supplies and small gifts for young teens in the name of Seton Hall — presenting them with a University flag and dressed in Seton Hall gear. She recalled how emotional the interaction with these students was and how she experienced “the true meaning of Christmas.”
Matthew M. Geibel, M.B.A.
Director of Academic Support Services
Department of Athletics and Recreational Services
Matt Geibel has been the director of Academic Support Services for Student-athletes since 2004. His office helps to ensure that student-athletes maintain the proper balance between their academic and athletic responsibilities. This includes providing a wide range of support services such as tutoring, study skills and life-skills programming. In his time as director, Seton Hall student-athletes have garnered significant academic recognition at the regional and national levels. Additionally, the student-athlete GPA has consistently improved to its current 3.378 G.P.A., another all-time high.
Prior to being named director, Matt was the associate director of the office from 1996. Matt is also an adjunct instructor for the Stillman School of Business and the Department of Math and Computer Science. He teaches courses in statistics, calculus and decision-making. He was also a mentor in Freshman Studies from 1996-99.
Matt was named the 2001 Most Valuable Pirate, an honor presented annually to a member of athletics who best embodies the commitment and dedication to Seton Hall Athletics. In 2003, he was given the President’s Award for Student Services and in 2016 was named the Adjunct Faculty Teacher of the Year.
An avid runner, Matt has completed 13 marathons. As a live kidney donor, Matt is very active in educating people about the importance of organ donation. Matt earned his bachelor of arts in economics in 1993 and a master of business administration in finance in 1995, both from Seton Hall.
A native of Gloucester City, New Jersey, Matt currently resides in Edison.
Nicholas H. Snow, Ph.D.
Founding Endowed Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Nicholas H. Snow is Founding Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, adjunct professor of medical sciences and a GEM teaching fellow. He also serves as director of research, overseeing and providing leadership to sponsored research across the university. A native of McLean, Virginia, he holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Virginia Tech. He did postdoctoral work in forensic toxicology in the Department of Pathology at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.
He joined Seton Hall in 1994 as assistant professor of chemistry, was tenured in 1999 and promoted to professor in 2003. He has held numerous positions on campus, including associate chair and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, faculty chair of Middle States Re-accreditation, associate provost for finance and administration, interim director of grants and research services and director of research. During the Ever Forward capital campaign, he was instrumental in raising about $5 million for the Science and Technology Center.
Among his numerous faculty service roles, he has served as secretary and chair protem of the faculty of Arts and Sciences, vice chair of the Faculty Senate, chair of the Faculty Guide Committee and chair of the McNulty Building and Safety Committee. He has chaired the Arts and Sciences and University Rank and Tenure Committees a total of 8 times. He is currently a peer leader and GEM teaching fellow in the praxis of the University Seminar on Mission.
In his professional community, he serves on the Governing Board of the Eastern Analytical Symposium, was its President in 2001 and he currently serves on the selection committee for the EAS Student Awards. He has served on the local organizing committee of the International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography and he regularly organizes symposia at international conferences. He was recently named to the Department of Chemistry Advisory Council at Virginia Tech. He is a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity, and serves on the selection committee for the Alpha Chi Sigma Scholar student awards.
Servant Leader Scholars
Lauren M. McGuire
"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