The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) honored Dr. Dennis C. Golden, president of Fontbonne University, with its Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award May 14 at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton.
The JCRC recognized Golden and the university for the significant contributions Fontbonne has made to "social justice and to harmonious relations among St. Louis' varied racial, religious, civic and ethnic groups," according to Batya Abramson-Goldstein, JCRC executive director.
"I am truly grateful that the JCRC recognizes our commitment to openness and inclusiveness. This was clearly manifested by our dedicated semester titled ‘Judaism and Its Cultures.' I share this award with everyone who participated, especially our elder brothers and sisters in the Jewish Community," Dr. Golden said.
During the 2007 fall semester, the university undertook a new, highly unique academic endeavor called a "dedicated semester." This was a collaborative initiative in which the entire university community - students, faculty and staff - explored a single theme: "Judaism and its Cultures." In addition to topical courses in nearly every academic area, the university featured speakers, films, panels and other events. These activities, as well as the special courses, were open to the public, particularly the local Jewish community.
"I will humbly accept this award on behalf of the Fontbonne University family, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and everyone who partnered with us in our inaugural dedicated semester," Dr. Golden said.
"We are delighted and honored to add Dr. Dennis Golden's name to the distinguished list of those who have received this award, and to thereby acknowledge his important contributions to the St. Louis community," Abramson-Goldstein said.
The JCRC is an umbrella organization of 19 local Jewish institutions. Guided by Jewish values, the JCRC informs, collaborates, advocates and takes action on issues in the public arena that are of central concern to the Jewish community.