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Students Select Faculty and Staff of the Year

The winners were recognized during the annual Athenian Awards

May 5, 2021

Congratulations to Patrick Khan, MS, and Valeria Rizo ’10, recipient of the 2020-2021 faculty and staff of the year awards, respectively, from this year’s student body. The announcement was made during the recent Athenian Awards celebration, and showcases the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Khan, who teaches geospatial criminology, was recognized for his caring, positive and welcoming attitude to all students. The student comments from their nominations indicate that he goes above and beyond in helping each student achieve her greatest potential while ensuring that everyone feels confident in their work. Several students indicated that they credit him for their becoming GIS (geographic information systems) minors. 

 

“I am truly touched to have been awarded Staff of the Year, especially because it comes from the students,” says Valeria Rizo ’10. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with my students and support them as much as I can so they can reach their goals.”
“I am truly touched to have been awarded Staff of the Year, especially because it comes from the students,” says Valeria Rizo ’10. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with my students and support them as much as I can so they can reach their goals.”

Rizo is the assistant director of ISAE (Institute for Student Academic Enrichment), a program that she herself was a graduate of as a Mount student. ISAE is part of the federal TRIO Student Support Services program operated under Title IV of the US Department of Education that first generation, income qualifying and/or disabled students are eligible to apply for. The student nominations indicate that Rizo is viewed as a role model and mentor who makes the transition to college easier for ISAE participants through academic advisement and being an overall resource for them during their time as undergraduates.

 

Find out which students received recognition at the Athenians Awards ceremony  in this article