Founders' Awards

Since 1975, the Founders’ Award Dinner has been an annual event that has honored many special members of the CMCP community. It is the highest and most significant award offered by CMCP and over 80 individuals over the last four decades have been recognized. 

Award recipients exemplify one or more facets of the Marianist charism in their education, work, ministry, or other contribution to the world or local community. Through their efforts we are all shown concrete examples of ways to work “Toward a Better World.” 

This year, CMCP honored Dianne Mistelske and the School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Atlantic-Midwest Province. The celebration was held on campus at Zaragoza Center on Saturday, January 25th.

2020 Founders' Award Recipients:

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School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Atlantic-Midwest Province
School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Atlantic-Midwest Province
One hundred and eighty-six years after the founding of their congregation, the School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Atlantic-Midwest Province minister in and out of formal educational settings in over 30 Dioceses across North America and in England. Their roles include teachers, administrators, librarians, lawyers, and accountants. They are also nurses, facilitators and     therapists, pastoral and parish ministers, volunteers, and women of prayer.
They recognize that education of the whole person does not stop when the person finishes formal schooling. Responding to the needs of ever-changing dynamics in our global society, today’s Sisters in the Atlantic-Midwest Province bring the unity of Christ’s love to our broken world in a variety of ways, coming to people where they are to bring them the opportunity of education.
Present at the event to receive the award of behalf of SSND were:
Sister Sharon Slear, SSND
Sister Sharon Slear, SSND, Ph.D., served as a member of the Chaminade-Madonna Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2017. She is the current Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) at Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU). Sr. Sharon has been serving in this capacity since January 2018 when she was named Interim VPAA. Over her years, Sr. Sharon has lived the mission of working to educate leaders to transform the world. During her time at Notre Dame, she helped establish the School of Education and served as its first dean. She also successfully developed one of Notre Dame’s first fully online degree programs and founded Operation TEACH in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Sr. Sharon graduated from NDMU with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Pre-Med. She went on to obtain her master’s degree in Chemistry from Villanova University, and later earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Administration from Boston College.
Sister Therese Dougherty, SSND
Sister Therese Marie Dougherty, SSND, Ph.D., was one of the pioneers of Madonna Academy, where she taught Latin and music to the first Madonna graduates. After her Madonna experience she joined the faculty of Notre Dame of Maryland University where she has served for more than 50 years, teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin and Greek language and literature, archeology, ancient and medieval history, classical mythology, and other topics in classical culture. She has led archeological tours to classical sites in Greece, Italy, Sicily, Turkey, and France as well as tours of Roman Britain and Germany. She has directed numerous National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes for teachers both at Notre Dame of Maryland and in Italy.  She has served as a trustee of Eta Sigma Phi, National Classical Honor Society, for several decades.  She has been the recipient of an ovation from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States and the prestigious American Philological Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Sr. Therese has also received a lifetime      achievement award from Eta Sigma Phi and the Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Sister Patricia Murphy, SSND
Sister Patricia Murphy, SSND, served as Madonna Academy’s Principal from 1984-1988. She is currently part of the Institute of Notre Dame’s Board Leadership Ministry, where she serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Corporate Corporation at Notre Dame Maryland University. She has also offered her expertise on additional boards and committees during her ministry. These      include: Marian House, Sisters Academy of Baltimore, the SSND General Chapter Preparation Committee, and the North American Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from the College of Notre Dame and went on to earn her master’s degree in American Studies from Fairfield University. Sr. Patricia also holds a certificate in Pastoral Theology from St. Mary of the Woods School.
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Dianne Mistelske
Dianne has been part of the CMCP family since 2000. Dianne retired in October 2019 after   spending nearly 20 years working in the Finance Department as the Student Billing, Collections , and Financial Aid Manager.
Never one to sit on the sidelines,  Dianne has been involved in many aspects of the school and the Marianist family. Some of these associations include: the Lay Marianists, Encounter Retreats, the Mission Integration Team (MIT), the Strategic Planning and Accreditation working committees, and the Diversity Club.  Dianne has also participated in a number of  Marianist gatherings such as Teaching as Ministry (TAM), the Head-to–Heart Marianist formation program, the Marianist      Women’s Summit,  the National Lay Marianist Assembly  and participated at the Provincial Assembly in July 2018 as a Lay Collaborator. Dianne received the 2014 Alumni Appreciation Award and the 2018-2019 Educator of the Year Award.
Dianne previously worked for the Maryknoll Fathers (Catholic Foreign Mission Society), James B. Hay Middle School, and HOPE Outreach Center. She has travelled to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Hong Kong, and many other countries around the world during her tenure as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. She served alongside the Maryknoll Lay  Missionaries in Tanzania and  was a Habitat for Humanity volunteer in Botswana. 
Dianne has raised a large family which includes six children including three children she adopted in Africa, and is blessed to have ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.