President’s Medallion honorees feted at Christmas at Felician
More than 200 friends of Felician College gathered for the annual Christmas at Felician celebration, a special day held each year to show appreciation to all those who support the College and its mission.
Following the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Immaculate Conception Chapel, everyone enjoyed a reception in the Lodi cafeteria. The annual traditional also included the presentation of the President’s Medallions to select members of the community who have made an impact at Felician College.
The 2012 recipients of the President Medallion were Patrick McGowan and Sister Mary Victoria Olender, both of whom were honored for their generous contributions to the College.
Mr. McGowan, CEPO of McGowan Builders, established in 2011 the Loretta McGowan Foundation Scholarship in memory of his aunt who had Down syndrome. The Scholarship was designed to support a Felician College student who enrolled in the School of teacher Education whose goal was to work with children with special needs. The 2012 recipient of the Scholarship was Hailey Barteck, who attended the event with her parents and siblings. Sister Victoria came to Felician College 20 years ago, holding several administrative positions. More than 10 years ago, she created an official archive for the College, and has chronicled countless pieces of information, photos and articles, helping to keep the history of the institution intact for generations to come. Felician College President Anne Prisco made the presentations.