Each year, the University sets aside a week for special celebrations of the mission. Incarnate Word Week falls in March, during the week of March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation which is the major feast of the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as well as of the University.
The program for the week varies. A special liturgy is always part of the week as is the awarding of the CCVI Spirit Award to a member of the faculty, staff, or administration. The CCVI Spirit Award was inaugurated in 1993 to recognize a member of the faculty, administration, or staff who has demonstrated in service to the University and/or to the broader civic community, the spirit of the founders, the Sisters of charity of the Incarnate Word. The mission of the University flows directly from this spirit.
The CCVI Spirit Award honoree is presented with an attractive piece of sculpture signifying the award. At the end of the award year, the sculpture is passed on to the next nominee. The University also donates $500 to some ministry of the Congregation in honor the nominee who determines the beneficiary.
Past awardees include:
Dr. Barbara Herlihy, Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions
Sr. Ann Finn, Sacristan
Mr. Joseph Weich, retired from Business Office
Mr. Dick McCracken, Dean of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving
Dr. Kathi Light, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions
Mr. Jim Donovan, formerly of School of Business
Mr. Bill Mulcahy, Superintendent of Grounds
Dr. Roger Barnes, Professor of Sociology
Ms. Theresa Tiggeman, Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance
Dr. Sara Kolb, Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions
Mrs. Lorraine Ewers, Administrative Secretary to Dean of HASS
Dr. Patricia Lonchar, Professor of English
Dr. Bob Connelly, Dean, School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering
Dr. Michael McGuire, Professor of Economics
Dr. Renee Moore, Dean of Student Life
Dr. Denise Doyle, Provost