The Mercyhurst University Department of Religious Studies will present its Archbishop Oscar Romero Award to Erie optometrist Dr. Douglas Villella on Thursday, March 23. Dr. Villella will then speak about his work as executive director of Vision for the Poor, a nonprofit that develops sustainable eye care facilities to serve the poorest of the poor in Latin America and Haiti. All are welcome to attend the presentation and lecture at 7 p.m. in the Mercy Heritage Room. The Religious Studies Department has been presenting the Romero award since 1991 to individuals or organizations "living the call of faith and justice in an extraordinary manner." For more information, contact Dr. Robert von Thaden.