Staff Awards

Each year, Ursinus recognizes staff for outstanding achievements and exemplary services to our college community. Staff Assembly is pleased to administer two annual staff awards—the Flora A. Tortorelli Staff Service Award and the Laughlin Distinguished Administrator Award.

The Laughlin Distinguished Administrator Award

Dr. Henry P. Laughlin ’38 and his wife, M. Page Laughlin, established an endowed prize fund in 1979 to support a series of awards presented to faculty, staff and students. The Distinguished Administrator Award is presented to a leading member of our salaried (exempt) staff with a minimum of 3 years of service and who has made significant contributions to the college above and beyond their regular responsibilities. A person may receive this award only once.


The Flora A. Tortorelli Staff Service Award

Professor Victor Tortorelli and his wife, Kathryn, established an endowed prize fund in memory of Vic’s mother, who worked for many years with great pride, but not much compensation, as an hourly employee of a school in the Bronx, New York. The Flora A. Tortorelli Staff Service Award is limited to hourly (non-exempt) employees of Ursinus who have a minimum of 10 years of service. Part-time service will be prorated to full-time equivalence. A person may receive this award only once.

For 2020 the awards were presented virtually.

Laughlin Distinguished Administrator Award

Erin Hovey

Erin Hovey
Digital Content Manager
College Communications

Erin Hovey, of College Communications, was honored with the 2020 Laughlin Distinguished Administrator Award for an Ursinus College employee in recognition of their extraordinary efforts, quality of work, dedication, and service to the college.

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The Flora A. Tortorelli Staff Service Award

Mke Twarogowski

Mike Twarogowski
Supervisor of Support Services
Facilities Service

The 2020 Flora A. Tortorelli Staff Service Award recognizing a staff member for their hard work and extraordinary commitment to the college was awarded to Mike Twarogowski, of Facilities Services.


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