May 21, 2013
Northwood University Florida's commencement ceremony recently held special significance for two faculty members when they were awarded the university's Faculty Excellence and Samuel R. Marotta Ethics Awards.
Dr. Lynette Nadal, Professor and Department Chair of Florida's English as a Second Language Program was recognized for her innovation, hard work, and strong endorsement of students, colleagues and friends when she was presented the Faculty Excellence Award, and Jennifer McFarland Associate Professor and Department Chair of Florida's Advertising and Marketing program was presented the Samuel R. Marotta Ethics Award for her leadership and development of the Brake for Yellow Service Campaign.
A public service campaign supporting safe driving to bring awareness to motorists throughout Palm Beach County relating to the dangers of speeding through yellow traffic signals, Brake for Yellow was launched almost a year to the date of Houston Lillo, a former Northwood University student who was struck by an oncoming vehicle while attempting to drive through a yellow traffic light.
The Northwood University Award of Faculty Excellence was established 29 years ago to be given to a faculty member who has made, over the year, an outstanding contribution to the university in his or her profession. It carries a gift of $3,000, and is the highest professional award given by our University. A selection committee makes the choice, and the criteria include breadth and depth of knowledge, a genuine interest and skill at preparing students for career and social responsibilities, excitement of inquiry, commitment to diligence, the courage to innovate, ability to work harmoniously with other professionals, and character which reflects the highest moral values inherent in the Northwood Idea. It is our "world class award."
Created and funded in honor of his stepfather Sam Marotta, alumnus Dr. Bob Grubb founded the Samuel R. Marotta Faculty Ethics Award to recognize faculty members who most challenge their students' thinking about the kind of moral issues they may face in their careers. Selected by senior class members, it is presented on all three Northwood campuses and at the DeVos Graduate School of Management annually. In addition to a cash stipend of $2,000, the award includes a plaque which contains the poem and the sculpture entitled, "The Contract."