Cardinal Service Commitment Award
Outstanding Staff Member – Diedra Ferguson
Diedra Ferguson, graduate admissions coordinator for the School of Arts and Sciences, received the Cardinal Service Commitment Award for staff. The award was presented by The Catholic University of America on April 10, 2012, in celebration of the University's 125th anniversary.
Ferguson contributed 642 hours of service to the anniversary initiative. All of her volunteer service was done through her involvement with the Ladies of Charity at St. John Baptist de la Salle Church, Chillum, Md. She collected food and clothing for SOME (So Others Might Eat), visited patients in nursing homes, helped to run Christmas parties for nursing home residents, worked with the homeless, delivered food to the elderly, took the elderly to the bank and shopping, visited hospital patients and read to them, and visited the home-bound sick.
Ferguson, who will celebrate her 30th anniversary as an employee of Catholic University in June, was shocked to learn that she would receive the Cardinal Service Commitment Award. She said she reported her service only to help the University reach its goal of 125,000 hours, but never expected to be singled out in this way.
"We do things, and don't want to be recognized," Ferguson said. "I am a behind-the-scenes person."