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Distinguished Lasallian Educator. Dr. Burke

The Midwest District is proud to announce our two recipients of the Regional Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award for 2011:  Mr. Chris Winiarski, Director of Campus Ministry for La Salle High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dr. Tracie L. Burke, Ed.D., Professor and Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department at Christian Brothers University Memphis, Tennessee.
 This year’s Huether Conference theme is “Faith in Action: Civic Engagement through Lasallian Education.”  Both recipients exemplify this year’s theme through their extensive ministerial, professional, and personal commitments to civic engagement.  They will receive their awards on Saturday, November 19th at the Huether Conference in Washington, DC.
Dr. Tracie Burke is a hands-on Lasallian educator whose students enjoy her sense of adventure and dynamic approach to learning. Her psychology students condition her like Pavlov’s dog and then apply what they learn through a dog training project at the local Humane Society. Members of the CBU Honors Program, which Dr. Burke directs, provide weekly service to an impoverished neighborhood and they also serve on boards of directors of local non-profit agencies. Always encouraging students to “just say yes” to new experiences and to keep focused on their future and serving others, Dr. Burke has become a teacher, mentor and friend to countless students over her 24 years of teaching experience. She exemplifies the Lasallian values of faith, service and community by the way she lives her everyday life and carries out the legacy of Lasallian education.
Dr. Burke is extremely active with student organizations on campus and has led a variety of fund raising initiatives to assist local civic organizations in Memphis. She is the author of numerous articles and presentations aimed at improving the quality of education in Memphis. She has been personally and professionally involved with many civic organizations that serve a wide variety of social needs in the Memphis area. Chief among these are the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, Shelby County Humane Society dog training, Memphis Interfaith Association Families First mentor, Meals on Wheels delivery, MidSouth Food Bank, Mentoring Advisory Council, Cooper Young Community Association, and Hands on Memphis. Additionally, she has created numerous opportunities for her students to become civically engaged.



Distinguished Lasallian Educators

Ms. Judith McMasters, Academic Dean, Bishop Kelley HS, Tulsa, OK

“Judith McMasters demands excellence from the students and faculty not by proxy but by example. Her commitment to her faith, the Lasallian Mission, and Bishop Kelley High School is continually evident in her presence, words, and actions. Judith attended the Lasallian Leadership Institute and she has been an integral part of helping keep the Lasallian spirit alive as an administrator at Bishop Kelley. Parents, faculty, and students recognize Judith as an outstanding educator for her care and concern for their best interests.”

Mr. Kurt Schackmuth, Associate VP for Mission, Lewis University, Romeoville ,IL

“A Lewis University double alumnus, Kurt Schackmuth has wholeheartedly embraced the Lasallian Mission of Lewis, even as an undergraduate student. He has served for more than a decade in various impactful positions that have significantly helped to define and promote the Mission of Lewis. Kurt facilitates the Mission and Heritage Council at Lewis, a group that advises the President and Provost on matters related to Mission. He is a former member of the Midwest District’s Mission and Ministry Council, has served as Lasallian Animator since 2005, and completed the Buttimer Institute.”

2010 Distinguished Lasallian Educators of the USA-Toronto Region

For more information on the other award winners, please go to: http://lasallian.info/detail/news.cfm?news_id=237&id=103


Third Day at the Huether Conference

Spaceflight: The beauty, the Glory and the Sacred

Today we started our first morning session with former astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave.

Story joined the U.S. Marines during the Korean war where he was aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic.

Musgrave started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He holds seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology, and has received 20 honorary doctorates.

Panel of Lasallian Alumni with Successful STEM Careers

After a great starting session we continued with a panel of Lasallian Alumni with Successful STEM Careers. They are Richard Gadomski, Founder & CEO (Retired) PSI Group,  Carolyn Vitek, Medical Education Coordinator/Geneticist, Mayo Clinic and Stephen Ruberg, Scientific Leader, Advanced Analytics, Eli Lilly & Company, Global Statistical Sciences.

Regional Lasallian Education Branding Session.

During this session we were trying to find the four pivotal subjects that will be the platform in finding a common ground for the Lasallian Branding. The four suggested topics are:

Advancing the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle
More than three centuries of responding to student needs
Shared vision within a global community, and
A 21st century education rooted in tradition

Distinguished Lasallian Educator Awards Banquet

The day ends up with a Mass and  banquet to honor our distinguished Lasallian Educators.

Bro Tom Lackey introduces the recipients of the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. At the end of the ceremony Bro. Frank and Bro. Larry pose with our hosts from La Salle High School in Cincinnati, OH.