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Announcing the 2021 Library Award Winners

The University Libraries present annual awards for international students, teacher education majors or minors, and published student writers. Students apply or are nominated early in the winter term, and a committee for each award selects the winners. This year, each honor includes a $500 award. Join us in congratulating these outstanding students. 

Jinyoung Lim: Rev. Theodore Koehler, S.M., International Student Award

Jinyoung Lim, a first-year student from South Korea, is excelling in his studies in accounting and pre-law. He earned a 3.95 GPA with a 20-hour course load his first semester. He works two jobs in order to pay his own tuition. In addition, he has participated in the Honors Student Welcome team and has performed in mock trial competitions. Jinyoung says he is determined to achieve his goals: “I have a positive mindset. That means every time I face bad situations, instead of complaining or procrastinating, I rather try to work harder to be better.”

Nancy Haskell, assistant professor of economics and finance, says Jinyoung has a keen ability to connect concepts across courses and disciplines.

“I have never seen him without a number of big questions on his mind,” Haskell says. “He is truly passionate about the application of economics to improve lives around the world.” In class, he listens to his peers and works with classmates to solve problems. Haskell says she sees Jinyoung as “one of the most diligent and genuinely curious students I have worked with at the University.”

Mary Morber: Dr. Nicoletta Hary Award

Mary Kate Morber is a sophomore majoring in adolescence to young adult education with a concentration in integrated language arts. She has an excellent GPA and is involved in many ways across the UD and greater Dayton communities. She tutors at the El Puente Educational Center in the Twin Towers neighborhood and serves as a spiritual director for the Marianist Leadership Scholars. Marianist characteristics strongly inform how Mary hopes to teach with an emphasis on teaching the whole person and promoting service, justice and change. Next year, she plans to enter UD’s Urban Teacher Academy.

“Mary is able to openly express her faith in profound and authentic ways and seeks opportunities to lead prayer and bring others into a deeper relationship with Christ,” says LeeAnn Meyer, assistant director of Marianist strategies in the Office for Mission and Rector. “Mary fosters inclusive community by exhibiting both joy and humility. … It is clear that Mary cares deeply about social justice issues, especially those related to disparities within educational policy and access.”

Marie Pece: Brother Frank Ruhlman, S.M., Award of Excellence for Literary Achievement

Marie Pece, a junior English major from Ohio, receives this award for “Be the Middleman,” a piece of creative writing published in Orpheus, UD’s art and literary magazine. 

“I am a member of the editorial board for Line by Line magazine, a board member for University of Dayton Studio Theatre and the director of the 2021 production of the UD Monologues,” she says. “These opportunities have given me the chance to help others and myself express our stories through writing, which I plan to do for the rest of my life.”


The Library Awards Committees and the faculty and staff in the University Libraries congratulate the honorees and thank all the applicants for their inspiring submissions. For more information about the Library Awards, visit

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