Back to News Mount Saint Vincent to Present <i>Ad Laudem Dei</i> Awards to Distinguished Alumnae/i

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 alumna Dale Avella Masi, Ph.D., LCSW-C, CEAP, Class of 1951, and alumni John F. Caruso, Class of 1982 and David Schliecker, Class of 1992, with the Ad Laudem Dei awards Saturday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. Ad Laudem Dei is bestowed upon alumnae/i of distinguished achievement whose professional lives illustrate that service can be a fundamental approach to the responsibilities of work. The ceremony, a highlight of the Mount’s 2017 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, will take place during the Reunion Dinner.

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

A resident of Boston, Mass., Dr. Masi is founder, president, and C.E.O. 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 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. 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.

Mr. Caruso 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. That same year, he received an M.B.A. in marketing from Fordham University.

Mr. Caruso has served as a mentor in the Mount’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 the Mount’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. He spends most of his days analyzing 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 holds 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.

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.