OPUS Prize: A Calendar of Events

By Sam Cushing | November 12, 2018 8:52am


OPUS Prize events begin this week. Photos by Annika Gordon and Infographic by Sam Cushing

The university is preparing to host the finalists of the 2018 Opus Prize for a week of events ending with an awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 15. 

The ceremony will be the culmination of almost two years of preparations, including sending UP students and faculty around the world to meet potential finalists. In 2017, the Opus Prize Foundation chose UP as its 2018 partner school.

Dr. Rami Nashashibi is a finalist for the OPUS Prize. Photo Courtesy of UP Marketing

This year’s finalists are Daniel and Avitha Victor from the Agape Rehabilitation Center in Chennai, India, Dr. Rami Nashashibi from the Inner-City Muslim Action Network in Chicago, Illinois, and José Antonio Patron Quispe and Rev. Daniel Panchot, C.S.C, from Yancana Huasy in Lima Peru. 

José Antonio Patrón Quispe and Rev. Daniel Panchot, C.S.C. are finalists in the OPUS Prize. Photo Courtesy of UP Marketing

The winner will receive a $1 million prize for their organization. The other two finalists will be awarded $100,000 each. All events are free and open to the UP community, and tickets are only required for the awards ceremony but must be reserved online. 

Last spring, student ambassadors and faculty members traveled to each finalists’ organization to see first-hand the positive change they’ve created in their communities and selected the finalists.  

Daniel and Avitha Victor are finalists for the OPUS Prize. Photo Courtesy of UP Marketing

Events throughout the week of Nov. 11-15 start Monday night at 7:15 p.m. in Buckley Center Auditorium for conversations with the finalists.

Sam Cushing is a reporter for The Beacon. He can be reached at cushing20@up.edu.