University Celebrates Martin Luther King Day


Saint Francis celebrated Martin Luther King Day on the first day of the semester – Jan. 16 – with a number of different events.

The day’s festivities included “MLK Lunch at Torvian,” mass at the Immaculate Conception Chapel, a multimedia presentation titled “King’s Dream” and a discussion titled “How do WE Discuss Race in Schools?”

The day was highlighted by a convocation speech delivered by Joshua Pollard, CEO and President of Omicelo, a mission-driven real estate investment firm.

As part of the day’s festivities, Shields School of Business Dean Randy Frye and Associate Dean John Miko presented junior accounting major Ardonntrell Williams with the SSOB’s Dare-to-Dream Award.

The Dare-to-Dream Award originated three years ago and honors the legacy of Dr. King. It is a financial award presented annually to a student who exemplifies and promotes Dr. King’s values of service, equality, justice and selflessness.

A native of Philadelphia, Williams is also a standout member of the school’s track and field team.

“I’m honored to be chosen for the Dare-to-Dream Award,” said Williams.

The award is funded by donations from SSOB faculty, staff and alumni.

“It’s wonderful to honor a deserving student with an award celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Frye.