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Mount Saint Vincent to Present Ad Laudem Dei Awards to Distinguished Alumnae/i


Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent is proud to recognize distinguished alumnae/i Dale Avella Masi ’51, John F. Caruso ’82, and David Schliecker ’92 at the Ad Laudem Dei award ceremony on Saturday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. Ad Laudem Dei awards are presented annually to graduates of the College who have led business or professional lives of national significance, and who best exemplify the Mount’s mission of service as an integral part of the whole person. The ceremony, a highlight of the Mount’s 2017 Reunion and Homecoming Weekend, will take place during the Reunion Dinner.

A resident of Boston, Mass., Dr. Masi, Ph.D., LCSW-C, CEAP, is the founder, president, and CEO of Masi Research Consultants, Inc. (MASI). Founded in 1984, MASI assists organizations across the globe with planning, designing, and evaluating Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and Work/Life programs. Dr. Masi is professor emerita at the University of Maryland, where she taught for 22 years and directed the EAP Sub-Specialization program. A Fulbright Scholar, she holds a doctorate from the Catholic University of America.

Mr. Caruso, a resident of Bronxville, N.Y., is the senior vice president for sales at ABC. A 36-year industry veteran, Mr. Caruso oversees the sales department’s client specialist team, which is responsible for developing marketing partnerships, executing buying and planning goals, and finalizing all sales agreements involving the ABC Television Network. He began his career at ABC as an intern with Eyewitness News. After graduating from the Mount, he began working in the ABC Affiliate Relations department, holding a number of positions until joining ABC’s Network Sales department in 1987. In the early 2000s, he helped spearhead an early product integration deal with AT&T’s memorable “Phone a Friend” feature on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He earned a M.B.A. in marketing from Fordham University.

Mr. Caruso has also served as a mentor in the College’s Oxley Career Education Program. While he was a mentor, he taught students how to define and explore career opportunities, network, and build relationships. Mr. Caruso currently serves on Mount Saint Vincent’s Board of Trustees.

Mr. Schliecker, a Manhattan resident, is the vice president for brand research at the Food Network/Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of Scripps Networks. In his role, he analyzes viewers’ relationship with food to determine how the network can please their palates. The communication and psychology major customized his education so that it combined two passions—media and research—to ultimately find his niche. Prior to his current position, Mr. Schliecker took on roles of increased responsibility in brand research analysis at Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. He received a master’s degree in communication research from Cornell University.

Mount President Charles L. Flynn, Jr., who will present the awards, noted that each alum is an “exceptional individual” whose life and work exemplifies the College’s mission: to foster an understanding of our common humanity, a commitment to human dignity, and a full appreciation of our obligations to each other.

Awards are presented to individuals who have made lasting contributions to the areas of economics, business, government, medicine, science, arts, humanities, religion, and education. Ad Laudem Dei recipients embody the spirit of charity synonymous with the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s mission.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, service, and leadership in the 21st century.