The Ursuline College~St. John College Alumnae Association will honor Eileen Murray ’71 with the 2011 Amadeus Rappe Award and Ronald Dziedzicki ’81 with the 2011 Crystal Award. Established by the Alumnae Association in 1971, the Amadeus Rappe Award is presented to an outstanding graduate of Ursuline or St. John College who has made significant contributions to their religion, profession, home and community. In 1991, the Crystal Award was established and is presented annually to graduates of Ursuline or St. John College who have shown remarkable support, not only to the College, but to the Alumnae Association as well.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, Murray went on to the University of Detroit to pursue a master’s degree in counseling. For 17 years, she provided marital, family and individual counseling at Catholic Charities agencies. Murray also did some consulting, training and teaching classes at many locations including St. Mary Seminary. During that time she took additional courses at Kent State, Case Western Reserve and obtained clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Since 1993 she has been the executive director of Womankind Maternal and Prenatal Center. During her tenure there, Womankind has grown in number of clients served, staff members employed and space occupied.
“I am honored to be chosen as a recipient of the Amadeus Rappe Award. My four years at Ursuline College provided me with a first class education that has served me well in every aspect of my personal life and along my varied career path. While at Ursuline, I was challenged to expand my own viewpoint by looking at life from many different perspectives. That continues to this day,” said Murray.
Currently, Murray is a member of Communion of Saints Parish and lives in Cleveland Heights. She presents to community groups on topics such as parenting and Celtic spirituality.
After graduating from Ursuline in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Dziedzicki earned a Master of Business Administration in 1992 from John Carroll University. In 2010, he received his Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.
In 2001, Dziedzicki became the Vice President of Medical Surgical Nursing at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Two years later, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for the Health System. In June of 2006, Dziedzicki became the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Operations of UH-Case Medical Center.
Dziedzicki holds faculty positions in the Division of Continuing Education, Cleveland State University; is a visiting professor with The Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College; and is a Clinical Instructor of Nursing with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. He also holds memberships in Sigma Theta Tau, Iota Psi, Association of Military Surgeons of United States, American, Ohio and Greater Cleveland Association of Nurse Executives (AONE, OONE and GCONE respectively) and the Northeastern Ohio Nursing Initiative (NEONI). He serves as the current president of GCONE and is a Board Member of the OONE.
As a Brigadier General in the United States Army Reserves, Dziedzicki also serves as the Deputy Commanding General Mission Support Element for the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support). His military awards include the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medals (4 OLC). In addition, he is a Member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the American Red Cross, the Greater Cleveland Health Association, Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives, Cuyahoga Community College and the Hiram College School of Nursing Advisory Boards. He also serves as a member of the Legislative Committee for NEONI. Dziedzicki currently lives in Brunswick.