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Ursuline~St. John College Alumnae Assocation honors two outstanding women

July 07, 2014

The Ursuline ~ St. John College Alumnae Association recently held its reunion celebration, where two outstanding alumnae - Jane Soposky '74 SJ and Sheryl Williams Zellner '97 - were honored for their dedication to the College, service to the community and career achievements.

Amadeus Rappe Award

The Ursuline ~ St. John College Alumnae Association awarded Jane Soposky with the 2014 Amadeus Rappe Award at the College’s June reunion celebration. Before her recent retirement, Soposky served as Vice President of Patient Care Services at Summa Health System, completing a 40-year career in psychiatric nursing and nursing administration.

Established by the Alumnae Association in 1971, the Amadeus Rappe Award is presented annually to a graduate of Ursuline or St. John College who has demonstrated an interest in the College and the association, and who has made an outstanding contribution to their religion, profession, home or community. The award is named for Bishop Amadeus Rappe, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, responsible for bringing the Ursuline Sisters to Cleveland from France in 1850.

“Jane has taken her nursing degree and made a better future for others. Her passion for helping patients stems from the encouragement and education she received as a student at St. John College,” said Ursuline College Director of Alumnae Relations and Development Specialist Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer.

Parma resident Soposky is a 1974 alumna of St. John College. She is a member of St. John’s final graduating class, as the College merged with Ursuline that same year.

During her career, Soposky worked to expand behavioral health services at St. Thomas Hospital, and led Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals to become ANCC Magnet organization for nursing excellence. She has volunteered in the community through numerous board and committee appointments, most notably the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board and the Board of Community Support Services in Summit County.

Soposky has been an affiliate of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland for many years, serving as chair of the Sophia Center Board and on the Ursuline Sisters Advisory Committee. She is a committed member of Blessed Trinity Parish, having served on the cluster committee resulting in the merger of parishes. She is a catechist for both RCIA and PSR programs.

In addition to this award, Soposky has received recognition as the Distinguished Nurse of the Year from the Summit and Portage District ONA, the Nursing Spectrum Midwest region Excellence Award for Management, the Case Western Reserve University, FPB School of Nursing Alumni Association Award for Excellence, and was the inaugural recipient of the Abbie Porter Leadership Award, Division of Nursing, Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Nominations for the Amadeus Rappe Award are accepted throughout the year from any Ursuline College or St. John College alumnae.

Crystal Award

The 2014 Ursuline College ~ St. John College Alumnae Association awarded Sheryl Williams Zellner the 2014 crystal award at the College’s June reunion celebration. She is honored for her dedication and service to the Ursuline College community.

“Sheryl is an alum who lives Ursuline College’s mission every day. The Crystal award could not have been awarded to a better woman. Sheryl does not pick and choose what to support at Ursuline, she attends most Ursuline sponsored events and invites friends and family along. Sheryl and her husband can be seen at events for athletics, students, alumnae, faculty, art and the library events,” said Ursuline College Director of Alumnae Relations and Development Specialist Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer.

After receiving her degree in public relations from Ursuline in 1997, Zellner began her business career focusing on sales. She is currently a service manager in customer relations for AT&T. Zellner has been working at AT&T since 1981.

Zellner is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, is an active member and past president of the Friends of the Ralph M. Besse Library and involved with the College’s alumnae events throughout the year.

Established by the Alumnae Association in 1991, the Crystal Award is presented annually to a graduate of Ursuline or St. John College who has demonstrated dedication to and support of the college and the Alumnae Association.





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