Beirne, Prentkowski receive honors

Author: Carol Bradley

Bill Beirne

Bill Beirne, director of The Morris Inn and Notre Dame Conference Center, has been recognized by the South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for his dedicated commitment to the hospitality industry and the community.

CVB Executive Director Rob DeCleene noted that Beirne’s service as president of the St. Joseph County Board of Managers for Hotel-Motel Tax, president of the St. Joseph County Hotel-Motel Association and member of the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, along with the statewide recognition he has brought to the community, made him an outstanding choice for the award.

Notre Dame Food Services director Dave Prentkowski has been honored with the introduction of the David R. Prentkowski Distinguished Lifetime Member Award created by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). This award (formerly the Distinguished Lifetime Member Award), renamed in Prentkowski’s honor, was originally created in 1990 to honor retired members who have supported the betterment of college and university food service and the association throughout their careers.

Dave Prentkowski

“Dave’s leadership, guidance and tireless efforts to advance the mission of NACUFS have been instrumental in shaping the association,” said Nona Golledge, NACUFS president and director of dining at the University of Kansas. “He truly embodies the spirit of this great organization, and the board of directors is enthusiastic about recognizing his legacy in this way.”

Prentkowski is also the recipient of the 27th annual Irish Clover Award for his many contributions to student life. Prentkowski was also the recipient of the 14th annual Irish Clover Award in 1998. Each year two Irish Clover Awards are given to members of the Notre Dame community, including students, faculty and staff, based on outstanding service to students. Recipients are nominated by the student body, with an approval vote by the Student Senate.