Current Faculty: Neiheisel to receive 2017 Civic Cup
Amanda McElfresh, The Advertiser, Oct. 9, 2017
Mary Neiheisel has long stood in awe of Lafayette’s Civic Cup award winners. They have been her heroes, people she has admired and appreciated for years.
Now, Neiheisel will be among them, as she is the 2017 Civic Cup recipient.
“It’s just so incredible and unbelievable,” she said. “I was speechless. I’m deeply grateful and deeply humbled.”
Neiheisel is a longtime professor of nursing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In her professional life, she has been published dozens of times and holds multiple nursing licenses in Louisiana and Texas.
Beyond that, Neiheisel has become a staple of Lafayette. She has been involved with the Zonta Club, the United Way of Acadiana, the Rotary Club, the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana, the Lafayette Public Library Foundation, Leadership Lafayette and the Woman’s Foundation, among others.
A native of Texas, Neiheisel moved to Lafayette after she married. She immediately took to her new city.“I just found this such a welcoming community,” she said. “I just felt there were such beautiful people here. I teach at the university, so I met a lot of people there who were involved in different things. I wasn’t a Cajun, and yet they invited me to participate, and I got started with different projects and started working with so many wonderful people.”
Each of the organizations and people have meant a lot to Neiheisel, but her work with Faith House has made a particular impression.
“Every person I know at Faith House is inspiring to me because of their work ethic and love and caring for people,” she said.
The 2017 Civic Cup will be presented to Neiheisel Nov. 9 at the Petroleum Club.
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