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S. Marie honored with award bestowed by George H. Nettleton Foundation

March 21, 2013

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S. Marie Harris

Susann Riffe, Board Chair of George H Nettleton Home Inc, and S. Marie Harris, CSJ, Ph.D.,P rovost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Avila University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs S. Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D., was bestowed the third annual Elbert C. Cole Jr. Legacy Award by the George H. Nettleton Foundation during a ceremony March 15 at Mission Hills Country Club.

Beginning in 2011, the Nettleton Foundation, with a stated mission being to enhance and improve the quality of life for older adults by funding unmet basic needs in the Greater Kansas City area, began honoring an individual that exemplifies the values and vision personified by Elbert C. Cole Jr. throughout his life. Cole inspired all to look at aging as a time of opportunity to continue learning and to give back. He was particularly well known for his belief that some of life’s best, most important work takes place in later years. This award recognizes individuals who personify this value by demonstrating the importance and present use of their knowledge, talents, skills and passions in their work or volunteer service.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award from an organization that is doing such fine work that is much needed in the Kansas City area,” Harris said. “Dr. Cole was an inspiration to many through his work and service and to receive this award in his name is truly special to me.”

Harris received a $5,000 monetary award. Honored guests at the award presentation included Sue King, Ph.D., Avila’s vice provost and vice president for information services, Robin Rowland, Avila’s executive director of development, and Kathleen LeSage ‘75.


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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.