The presentation of Distinguished Lasallians of the Year Awards is one of the highlights of the annual convocations of the faculty, staff and administrators. Distinguished Lasallians are also honored on campus at the annual celebratory luncheon hosted by President O’Donnell in commemoration of the birthday of John Baptist de La Salle. In addition, the Distinguished Lasallians of the Year are recognized on the regional and international level by the District of Eastern North America (DENA) of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the North American Region of Lasallians (RELAN) respectively.
Established in 1987, each year as part of the global Lasallian educational movement, Manhattan College seeks nominations for our Distinguished Lasallians of the year. The award is named for Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, educational innovator, and founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (commonly known as De La Salle Christian Brothers). Manhattan College was founded by the Brothers in 1853 and owes its distinctively unique Lasallian heritage to the first founding Brothers and the many Brothers, faculty, staff and administrators who have since served the College.