McFarland, Van Gieson Receive Honors at Cardinal Leadership Celebration

McFarland, Van Gieson Receive Honors at Cardinal Leadership Celebration

WASHINGTON – Catholic University baseball student-athletes Mike McFarland and Sean Van Gieson received the Roy Bode Memorial Award and the John J. Convey Award, respectively, for their ability to distinguish themselves in the areas of leadership, scholarship and service during the annual Cardinal Leadership Celebration.

The awards are conferred by the University, the Student Association, Campus Ministry, Residence Life, Career Services and The Catholic University of America Alumni Association, in addition to fulfilling the unique criteria of each award, the recipients also demonstrate a commitment to the distinct mission and purpose of CUA.

Roy Bode Memorial Award – Mike McFarland Roy Bode was an instructor of rational psychology and philosophy for ten years before being named CUA's first director of alumni relations in 1960. He spent six years as the executive secretary for the university's Alumni Association. In 1969 he returned to teaching as an associate professor of philosophy and was appointed assistant to the dean in 1973. This award is the highest honor presented to a junior male. Criteria: The nominee should have a G.P.A. of 3.7 or better, have taken a prominent leadership role and have exemplified the highest ideals of Christianity.

John J. Convey Award – Sean Van Gieson John J. Convey PhD. served as provost and chief academic officer at CUA for 10 years. An avid supporter of Student Life on campus, he was ever present at university programs and events that foster and celebrate student success. Convey also served as the chair of the Department of Education and returned to a professorship in fall 2007, so that he continued to touch the lives of future educators. This award is presented in his honor to a sophomore student who has been active in student life and academic pursuits and has demonstrated leadership potential for his or her future endeavors at CUA.