Alumni Awards

John J. Finley, ’24 Award

The Finley Award is presented each year to alumni who have exhibited outstanding service to La Salle University or the Alumni Association. John J. Finley, ’24 held the position of President, Vice President and at the time of his death in 1961, Treasurer of the Alumni Association. To his contemporaries he was known as “Mr. La Salle” for his dedication to the University. The Alumni Association strives to honor those who have made significant contributions of their expertise and time to advance the mission of the University. These awardees are known to be outstanding volunteers who have taken on leadership roles among fellow alumni volunteers. Past Finley winners have a long track record of service to academic departments, strategic initiatives, student development and of course, their fellow alumni.

Recent honorees have been past presidents of the Alumni Association, including Charlie Quattrone, ‘72 and Nick Lisi, ’62, Frank Stanton, ’51 a Trustee and long time chairman of the Enrollment Services committee, Al Cantello, '55, a 1960 Olympian and Naval Academy Professor and Hugh Devlin, ’64, namesake of the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology located in Holroyd Hall.

The 2016 John J. Finley, '24 Award recipient was Paul J. Burgoyne, Esq., '70.

Signum Fidei Medal

The Signum Fidei Medal, the Association's highest form of recognition, has been given annually since 1942 to individuals or groups who have "made most noteworthy contributions to the advancement of humanitarian principles in keeping with the Christian-Judeo tradition" and "in harmony with the established aims of La Salle University and the objectives of the Brothers of the Christian Schools."  The Medal derives its name from the motto of the Christian Brothers – “Sign of Faith”.

Those honored previously include R. Sargent Shriver, Sen. Eugene McCarthy, the Reverend Leon Sullivan, Judge Genevieve Blatt, Kenneth Gamble, the Christian Brothers, Frank Cervone, ‘04, Executive Director of the Support Center for Child Advocates and Jane Golden, Founder and Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

The 2016 Signum Fidei recipient will be Joseph Devine, FACHE, ’79, President and CEO of Kennedy Health.

Alpha Epsilon Honor Society


In addition, the evening marks the induction of the some of the best and brightest students into the Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. Through this honor society, the Alumni Association recognizes students who have achieved "high scholarship in the pursuit of a Lasallian education together with exceptional participation in the extracurricular life of the University."