Distinguished Alumni Award
Awarded annually to a Molloy alumnus who demonstrates the true spirit of the College mission, and whose professional career is characterized by a series of outstanding achievements.
Emilie J. Sair
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. '61
Emilie Justine Sair, a 1961 graduate of Molloy College, has by her service manifested her unceasing devotion to her alma mater. Imbued with a pioneer spirit, she chose Molloy so as to partake in the formation of a new academic institution and to immerse herself in the liberal arts program it offered. Exposure to the vast variety of offerings fit in well with her own personal search for truth and pursuit of excellence.
As an active Molloy College alumna, Emilie was a dependable and sincere worker in helping to organize the Alumnae Association. She served as Treasurer and held other offices as well as chairing and co-chairing scholarship luncheons, all of which were met with remarkable financial success. She also served as member of the Night of Song Committee from its inception and was awarded the college's Veritas Medal in 1979.
After graduation from Molloy, she began studies at Fordham University where she earned her M.A. in English. Equipped with her degrees, Emilie began her lengthy career in the academic world of secondary school public education. Always the consummate English teacher, she developed a creative writing course for college bound seniors. Emilie served her district as teacher, administrator, independent study supervisor and coordinator as well as a staff development trainer and mentor. She was named to Outstanding Young Women of America in 1968. While taking courses for her SDA and SAS certification, the chairman of Fordham's Administration and Supervision Department urged her to pursue her Ph.D. which she earned in 1975. Her doctoral research studied the effect of citizen participation in school-community relations of districts on Long Island. She also served as an officer in the National Council of Teachers of English and served as a nation-wide judge of student essays for many years, and in 1977 was a member of the Principals' Information and Research Center. As an active member and officer of her local Professional Standards Committee, Emilie advocated for ethics and professionalism in teaching and served as a committee member on numerous Middle States evaluating committees.
Nonetheless, it was her untiring devotion to her students and passion for her subject that brought her the greatest joy and satisfaction. In 1989 -90 Emilie was listed in Who's Who In American Education. She was also nominated by her students for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1992, presented with the Teacher of the Year Award by the student organization and obtained various other district awards. Upon her retirement she still remained active professionally by serving on then State Senator Michael Balboni's Education Advisory Committee and also as a rater of teacher competency tests in Albany. Emilie has also mentored graduate business students at LIU in perfecting their spoken English.
Emilie was invited by a former student to coach public speaking skills for future priests at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, where she has experienced a most rewarding and memorable ten years. In her local parish of St. Joseph's in Garden City she serves as a Lector, Extraordinary Minister and is also a member of the Rosary Altar Society. During her two years as President of the Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead, she guided them through a 90th year celebration. Emilie still serves on their Board of Directors, is co-chair of the Drama/ Literature department and hosts their annual Book Review Session.
Emilie's commitment to her chosen career as a classroom teacher, and her participation in professional organizations, too numerous to mention, attest to her unfaltering efforts to disseminate truth and excellence to young people and support all with whom she comes in contact.