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Father Anselm Zupka Honored as Walsh Mentor of the Year

What's New, 2014-05-12

Walsh University Chaplain Rev. Anselm Zupka, O.S.B., was recently honored by the 2014 graduating class as the Terrance Portis Mentor of the Year. The recipient in nominated by the Walsh senior class for their outstanding guidance, education outside the classroom and significant contributions to their college experience.

As full-time University Chaplain, Rev. Zupka is responsible for the Sacramental and liturgical life of the Walsh community. He also partners with Campus Ministry for faith-based experiential programs for Walsh students, faculty and staff.

"I am humbled and deeply honored to have been selected 2014 Mentor of the Year," said Father Anselm. "The Class of 2014 received me with open arms, and I hope I have been able to return this love in some small way."

Zupka joined Walsh in 2011 after several decades at Benedictine High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as guidance counselor. During that time, Zupka spent several years teaching both Theology and German. He also served as advisor of the school yearbook as well as moderator of several student organizations including Key Club, Travel Club, German Club, S.A.D.D. and National Honor Society.

In addition to his duties at Benedictine High School, Zupka is a weekend associate at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Parma, Ohio, where he has served since he was ordained a priest in 1967. In August 2011, Zupka accompanied the church's youth group to Spain for a weeklong pilgrimage, concluding with World Youth Day in Madrid. He previously attended celebrations in Denver in 1993; Rome, Italy in 2000; Cologne, Germany in 2005; and Sydney, Australia in 2008. A Benedictine monk with St. Andrew Abbey in Cleveland, Ohio, Zupka has also served in administrative roles on a number of occasions in the monastery.

Rev. Zupka is a Cleveland native. He earned his B.A. from St. John's University/Borromeo College and his M.A. from John Carroll University. He had four years of theological training at St. Joseph Seminary of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers in Cleveland, Ohio, and was ordained a priest in 1967.

In 2012, Walsh University dedicated the Mentor of the Year Award in Memory of Recipient Terrance Portis. Terrance Portis '08 passed away on January 25, 2012 at the young age of 27. A Walsh University alumnus, Terrance served as the manager of the Academic Resource Center and as one of the advisors for the Black Student Union. Known for his outreach to all students, Terrance was nominated as the 2011 Mentor of the Year for "constantly communicating with students and encouraging them to better their studies." The Walsh University Student Government and senior class have honored his memory and legacy on campus by formally naming the award as the Terrance Portis Mentor of the Year Award.