LIVONIA, MICH. – During Madonna University’s annual Spirit Luncheon, faculty and staff gather to celebrate the founding of the University by the Felician Sisters of North America, and to honor members of the Madonna community for their dedicated service to the University’s mission. This year, Victor Lauria, assistant professor and chair of the criminal justice program was awarded the Faculty Franciscan Values Award. Lauria was selected by the Madonna Graduating Class of 2021 as the faculty member who epitomizes Madonna University’s Franciscan Values of respect for the dignity of all people, reverence for creation, peace and justice, and education for truth and service.
Victor Lauria is pictured here between the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Administration Lewis Walker, and Madonna President Michael A. Grandillo.
When casting their votes for Lauria, many students mentioned how he went above and beyond to help them succeed in their academic program. Students provided the following examples of how Lauria lives out the University’s mission and values:
“He holds his students to the highest of standards while being reasonable in what he expects from us. I can honestly say his classes are the only classes that gave me skills that I use daily in the criminal justice field. He was respectful, always pursued honesty and truth, was of service to his students, and taught practical skills such as report writing, reading people, and expected behavior of someone who is in the criminal justice field.”
“Professor Lauria never tolerated any disrespect in his class and made everyone feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”