Date: Feb. 22, 2012
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PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin
PNC Chancellor Earns the United Way Castaldi Award
Westville Purdue University North Central Chancellor, Dr. James B. Dworkin, has been presented with the prestigious Castaldi Award, given by the Indiana Association of United Ways in recognition of his commitment to the United Way.
The award was presented as part of the recent Volunteers of the Year Recognition Banquet in Indianapolis.
The Castaldi Award honors Lawrence Castaldi, who led the Indiana Association of United Ways for its first three years and served on its board until his death in 1985. Upon his retirement as board chairman in 1980, the Association presented him with its first award, recognizing the invaluable contribution he made to the United Way/Fund movement in Indiana. The award is named in his honor as a lasting tribute to his undaunting spirit of volunteerism, the same spirit that the Association salutes today through the Castaldi Award.
Dworkin was nominated for the award by Sharon Kish, President of the United Way of Porter County. Dworkin has served on the United Way of Porter County Board for the past six years and is currently Governance chair. In addition, he has been a member of the board of the United Way of LaPorte County as a board member and as chair. He is currently a director emeritus.
We are delighted that Dr. Dworkin was chosen for this prestigious award, said Kish upon learning that Dworkin had been chosen to receive for the honor. He is sodeserving. His dedication to education, to volunteerism, to business development and to the United Ways has made a lasting impact on our region.
In her nomination Kish noted that, Jim is an outstanding public servant who is committed to improving the quality of life in Northwest Indiana and to instilling in young people a lifelong love of learning. He is committed to excellence in all his endeavors in education, in economic development, and to the growth of United Way.
She also cited, His commitment and involvement have helped both United Way of Porter County and United Way of LaPorte County grow financially and in community impact initiatives. He has been a champion of collaborative efforts such as Success By 6, the Regional Volunteer Center and the 211 initiative.
The Nancy Dworkin Born Learning Trail at PNC, a Success By 6 initiative, is the first on a college campus. The trail is named for PNC First Lady Nancy Dworkin in recognition of her continuing support of Success By 6.
In addition, Dworkin has facilitated the engagement of PNC student volunteers in the United Way Regional Volunteer Center.
He is passionate about United Way and has been a leadership giver for many years, said Kish. Jim always is recognized as a leader among his peers for his integrity, dedication and compassion.
We are proud that Dr. Dworkin has invested his time and energy into United Way and he is the ideal candidate for the Castaldi Award because he embodies the qualities of Lawrence Castaldi idealism, integrity, passion for United Way dedicated to volunteerism and commitment to the community.