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Distinguished Service

Social justice advocate wins prestigious faculty award

Amata Miller, IHM, a professor of economics and director of the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity at St. Catherine University, was presented with the 2010 Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Faculty Excellence Award at Opening Convocation on September 8.

A nationally recognized authority on domestic and global justice issues, socially responsible investing and Catholic Social Teaching, Sister Amata says the Myser Initiative aims to integrate principles of Catholic Social Teaching throughout the curriculum. Her weeklong workshop for faculty and staff each July has resulted in significant curricular projects in social work, nursing, occupational therapy, classics, library science and other disciplines.

"The purpose of the Myser Initiative is to illuminate and reinforce for faculty, staff, students and alumnae the deep, rich gifts for life and faith that come from our Catholic tradition and beliefs," Sister Amata says.

Presented annually since 2006, the award carries a $10,000 cash prize and recognizes accomplishments in teaching and scholarship in the honoree's field. St. Kate's donor and Centennial 100 honoree Joan Kelly '46 endowed the faculty prize and a distinguished visiting scholar program, as well as a writing excellence award for students.

The Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly programs are all co-named to honor Joan's late sister, Bonnie Jean, who attended St. Kate's for a brief time before her death.

From the Heart Kristine Wessinger

Award winner Amata Miller, IHM.