Awards and Honors
College of Professional Studies
The College's Honor Society was formed to recognize those
baccalaureate students who, by their continued academic excellence
and involvement in school, church or community life have
demonstrated that they are honor students. Students who apply for
membership must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Thirty of
these 60 credits must have been taken in the College of
Professional Studies and the applicant must have a cumulative index
of 3.5 for all previous coursework, as well as a 3.5 at St. John's.
To be considered for membership, students cannot have more than
three withdrawals on their record. An induction ceremony is held
each semester. (Spring induction is limited to potential May or
Alpha Phi Sigma – Criminal Justice Honor
The College of Professional Studies
chapter, Alpha Epsilon Rho, was established to recognize
outstanding students majoring in Criminal Justice. In order to
qualify for induction, a student must be majoring in Criminal
Justice, have a 3.0 overall index for all previous coursework
(including transfer credits), and a 3.2 index in all courses
completed in the Criminal Justice major. Applications are accepted
during the fall and spring semesters. The induction ceremony is
held at the annual awards night in the spring. A pin and a
certificate are awarded to each inductee.
Nu Epsilon Delta – National Paralegal
The St. John's University – College of Professional Studies
Chapter, Gamma Chapter, was established in 1991 to recognize
academic excellence in the field of Paralegal Studies. To qualify
for induction, a student must be a major in Paralegal Studies
(either A.S. or B.S. degree candidates) who achieves an overall
grade point index of at least 3.0 after 45 credits, and at least a
3.4 in their major field with at least 12 credits completed.
Applications are accepted in both the fall and spring semesters.
Induction of students is made at the College of Professional
Studies awards night each spring. Each inductee receives a
certificate and a pin.
Aero – The National Broadcasting
Founded in 1943, Aero, the National
Broadcasting Society, is an honor society for St. John’s
communications majors. The organization strives to provide
networking contacts to better prepare students for their careers.
To qualify for induction, a student must have a 3.0 grade point
average in all communications courses, and a 2.5 in all other
courses. Alumni and interested professionals in the TV and radio
industries are also invited to become members. Frequent meetings
with speakers from the broadcasting industry are open to all
interested students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Academic Awards and Distinctions
At the annual College of Professional
Studies awards night, one outstanding bachelor and associate degree
student is selected in each of the major areas of the College.
These students are awarded a Gold Key. The recipient of each award
is selected by the Dean of the College on the basis of a student's
outstanding scholastic achievement in his or her area of
concentration and the recommendations of faculty.
Silver Keys and Certificates of Achievement recognize other
students for academic and non-academic achievement.
The Criminal Justice Professors
This award is given annually to an
outstanding member of the graduating class completing a Criminal
Justice major with the highest cumulative index in the major
Francis J. Flynn Award
This award, given on the merits of
excellence in mathematics, was established in memory of Professor
Francis J. Flynn, faculty member and first chairman of the Division
of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science. It is presented
annually to the Computer Science graduate having the highest index
Alexander Laubach Memorial Award
This award is given for excellence in
security administration. Established in memory of Professor
Alexander Laubach, the first director of the Safety and Corporate
Security (Security Administration) Program, the award is presented
annually to the Security Administration graduate having the highest
index in that major.
Marianne Noonan Memorial Award
Established in memory of a former
Sports Management student, this award is presented annually to a
senior majoring in Sports Management who has demonstrated the
hard-working and well-balanced characteristics that best exemplify
a St. John's student.
Panayotis Papadopoulos Award
Awarded annually, this recognizes a
senior majoring in a Social Science program who has demonstrated
extraordinary humanitarian qualities.
The Bessie and Isidor Shapiro Memorial
This award is given annually to a
student majoring in Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies in
recognition of their motivation, demonstrated work ethic, character
The St. John's University Video
This University-wide competition,
sponsored by the College of Professional Studies, allows students
to compete in all aspects of video production.
The Vincentian Spirit Award
This award is named for St. Vincent
de Paul, founder of the Order of the Congregation of the Mission of
Vincentians, the community which established and sponsors St.
John's University. The Vincentian Spirit Award recognizes the
outstanding contributions of College of Professional Studies
students to the co-curricular life at St. John's University. Award
recipients are nominated by the faculty based on their individual
contributions to the organization's success.
West Publishing Company Award for Excellence in Paralegal
This award, established by the West Publishing Company, is given
annually on each campus to a senior majoring in Paralegal Studies
who has made the greatest contribution to the Paralegal Program, as
well as the St. John's community.
The Very Reverend Joseph T. Cahill, C.M.
This award is given to recognize
students who have exhibited extraordinary qualities of
The College of Professional Studies
Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
This award is given to outstanding
alumni of the College of Professional Studies. Past recipients
include: P. Kevin Castel, Esq., Class of 1972 (College of
Professional Studies) and Class of 1975 (St. John's University
School of Law) and Attorney Partner, Cahill, Gordon, and Reindel,
Inc.; and Nelson D. George, Class of 1979, author of several books
on contemporary music.