NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARDS
The Providence College National Alumni Association celebrates the achievements of our honored alumni with the National Alumni Association Awards, presented each year to selected honorees. Awards will be distributed throughout the 2023-2024 academic year. The committee is currently seeking nominations for alumni of ALL class years. We invite you to be as thorough as possible with your nomination in order to help us recognize our alumni more personally. Nominees who are not selected to receive an award in this year, will be automatically considered in next year’s application pool. Nominations are valid for a three-year period.
Nominations received after November 1, 2023 will be considered in the 2024-2025 nomination pool.
Reunion 2023 Award Recipients
John Cassedy ’52
Faithful Friar Award
For more than 70 years of loyal and active participation in the life of Providence College, keeping the tradition alive among family and friends;
For a longstanding commitment to Friar alumni in the New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York metropolitan areas, serving as regional club president;
And for being an inspired example of faith, outreach, involvement, and philanthropy;
For these reasons and many more, the Providence College National Alumni Association is proud to honor John Cassedy ’52 with this 2023 Faithful Friar Award.
Paige Clausius-Parks ’03
Exemplary Citizenship Award
For unwavering dedication to the local community, advocating for the health and well-being of underprivileged youth;
For steadfast commitment to educational equity and economic stability;
For testifying on behalf of students of color, low-income families, multilingual learners, and children with disabilities, ensuring that all have the resources they need to succeed;
And for embodying the values of Providence College, promoting the common good, upholding human dignity, and living out the mission of service to neighbor;
For these reasons and many more, the Providence College National Alumni Association is proud to honor Paige Clausius-Parks ’03 with this 2023 Exemplary Citizenship Award.
Donna J. Formichella, M.D., FACS ’78, ’23Hon.
Personal Achievement Award
For more than three decades of exceptional service in the field of general surgery;
For guiding and mentoring the next generation of healers as a clinical instructor;
For blazing a trail and being a positive role model for women in the sciences;
And for continually fostering connections between alumni, students, and parents of Providence College, embodying what it means to be “Forever a Friar”;
For these reasons and many more, the Providence College National Alumni Association is proud to honor Donna J. Formichella, M.D., FACS ’78, ’23Hon. with this 2023 Personal Achievement Award.
Victor Forni ’73
Bishop Harkins Award
For outstanding service and unwavering dedication to the Catholic virtue of charity;
For embracing a spirit of volunteerism and community action through work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Catholic Charities network, and United Way;
For providing access and opening new avenues for students seeking nonprofit internships through the Feinstein Institute Summer Fellows program;
And for embodying the values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spiritual reflection;
For these reasons and many more, the Providence College National Alumni Association is proud to honor Victor Forni ’73 with this 2023 Bishop Harkins Award.
Paul Galietto ’78, ’15P
Service to Alumni Association Award
For years of dedicated service to Providence College as a member of the Board of Trustees Investment Committee;
For steadfast commitment to philanthropy and fostering Friar connections;
For setting a leadership example as a benefactor of the Harkins Society;
And for generously giving both time and talent to further the mission of the National Alumni Association;
For these reasons and many more, the Providence College National Alumni Association is proud to honor Paul Galietto ’78, ’15P with this 2023 Service to Alumni Association Award.
Theodore Josiha Haig, J.D., Ed.D. ’70
Service to Education Award
For years of unwavering service as a superintendent of schools and an international educator;
For working tirelessly on behalf of international students, fostering connections as a representative for Amideast (USA) and participating in national education reform initiatives;
And for a legacy of inclusion at Providence College, serving as first president of the Afro-American Society and first director of the Martin Luther King Scholarship program;
For these reasons and many more, the Providence College National Alumni Association is proud to honor Theodore Josiha Haig, J.D., Ed.D. ’70 with this 2023 Service to Education Award.
- Service to the Alumni Association Award – This award recognizes alumni with long and outstanding records of service in behalf of Providence College and the National Alumni Association. The recipient is held in high regard as one who gives of their time and talent to further the mission of the Alumni Association through volunteer leadership.
- Personal Achievement Award – This award recognizes Providence College graduates that have attained an exceptionally high level of achievement in their respective career, chosen vocation, and/or in areas of human service.
- Bishop Harkins Award – This award recognizes alumni for outstanding service and dedication to the Catholic Church and its mission.
- Exemplary Citizenship Award – This award recognizes alumni for their development, implementation and/or involvement in social action programs that have contributed to improving the lives of others.
- Service to Education – This award recognizes extraordinary career achievements in the field of education through classroom involvement and/or administration.
- Faithful Friar – This award recognizes extraordinary and long-time dedication to Providence College with a consistent and distinguished record of service and loyalty to the institution along with a commitment to giving of time, talent, and financial support.
Members of the FOLD (Friars of the Last Decade) are eligible for the following award:
- Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Award – recognizes an outstanding “Friar of the Last Decade” for exceptional achievement and significant contributions to their profession, community, and to Providence College. It is intended to honor those who seek to increase alumni engagement and are viewed as truly inspirational to others. Recipient must be a member of the FOLD (2022-2013).