What does it mean to live out one’s vocation as teacher and scholar in a Catholic college or university? What spiritual and intellectual wells can keep us fresh and nurtured throughout an academic career in such a place? Those are the questions Collegium explores.
On a brisk January morning, Kathy LaFontana, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike Ohio, received the 2024 Collegium Visionary Award. Fittingly, it was at Ursuline’s annual Epiphany Day celebration before the spring term, a day when the faculty gathers to reflect upon and renew their shared vocation as educators. Collegium director Karen Eifler was due to present the award in person, but because of a grounded 737 Max 9, she read the citation to the assembled faculty over Zoom.