Members of St. Lawrence University’s Class of 2021 nominated and selected Ernesto Moralez, assistant professor of public health, to receive the 2021 Owen D. Young Outstanding Faculty Award.
The award honors a member of the teaching faculty for their dedication and commitment to the education and growth of students both in and out of the classroom who then delivers the Last Lecture to the graduating class. Moralez offered his remarks to the Class of 2021 during the Senior Class Awards ceremony on Friday, April 16.
“I am proud to get this award because it came from the students and they chose me to be a part of their graduation experience,” Moralez said. “The fact that I received it during my first year at SLU makes me feels especially honored and that the students feel like I belong here.”
During the Class of 2021’s final lecture as undergraduate students, titled “Better Health Through Social Connectivity,” they listened as Moralez shared research about the many benefits quality social connections can and do have on their lives, as well as research about domains of regret and how people often wish they had spent more time building and enjoying connections with those around them.
“It is commonly known that poor social connections and isolation can have detrimental effects on the health and well-being of a person. So then could we argue that healthy social connections can lead to better health? The answer is absolutely,” Moralez said.