The Emma Quartaro Woman of the Year Award is an honor that acknowledges women who demonstrate a commitment to women's issues, while inspiring and serving as leaders in the Seton Hall community. The award is named after the late Emma Quartaro, professor of social work and coordinator for the Multidisciplinary Certificate Program in Gerontology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. This year, the Provost's Office presented the award to their own Bernadette McVey and to Dr. Maureen Byrnes, Clinical Assistant Professor-College of Nursing at this year's annual Conference on Women and Gender.
Byrnes joined the University in 2009 and graduated from Seton Hall with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2014. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife with many years of healthcare service to vulnerable women and infants. Most recently, she was invited to the United Nations 61st Commission on the Status of Women in 2017 in recognition of her interest and service to prevent human trafficking. Her award nominators site her leadership and positive impact on the lives of women, girls and infants regarding healthcare delivery and humanitarian issues.
Byrnes said, "It is a privilege to work with underserved women in the community. I feel so humbled to receive this award."
McVey has been with the University for 19 years and currently holds the position of Director of Academic Events and Planning in the Office of the Provost. Her nominators spoke highly about the tireless efforts she puts toward graduation, convocations and other celebrations for students and faculty, which showcase her devotion to her position. McVey, accompanied by her family, accepted the award alongside Byrnes.
"I am so honored to be counted upon the previous recipients," said McVey. "I hold all these women in the highest esteem."
"The Provost Office is proud to honor Ms. Bernadette McVey and Dr. Maureen Byrnes," said Senior Associate Provost Joan Guetti. "The accomplishments of these women is indicative of the dedication and inspirational service they have provided over their tenure. They both serve as role models to women looking to further their professional career and are ideal messengers of Emma Quartaro's legacy."
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