Monday, May 06, 2013

Saint Mary’s presents service awards to students, faculty, staff

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University recognized outstanding students, faculty and staff Wednesday, May 1, at the Student Life Awards Ceremony. Individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service through co-curricular activities at Saint Mary’s were recognized.

Awards included:

Brother Finbar McMullen Award (presented to an SMU community member who demonstrates him/herself to be an individual who unselfishly meets the needs of the undergraduate students of Saint Mary’s) — Rob Gordon, assistant professor, computer science

Charlene “Char” Tjaden Outstanding Resident Assistant Award — Marilyn Yennie, daughter of Tom and Kim Yennie, Grand Meadow, Minn.

Intramural Official of the Year — Sara Schoenthaler, daughter of Sandra Schoenthaler, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Outdoor Leadership Recognition — John O’Neill, son of Dan O’Neill, Chicago

Club/Organization of the Year — SOUL (Serving Others United in Love)

Outstanding Student Senator of the Year Award — Thomas Iven, son of Michael and Corinne Iven, Rockford, Ill.

Club and Organization Advisor of the Year — Charissa Jakusz, graduate assistant hall director

Winona Community Service Award — Jacinta Jude, daughter of Peter and Anna Maria Jude, Maple Lake, Minn.

Saint Benilde Award (presented to students who reach out to new members of the university community, are inclusive and inspiring, and lead by being hospitable, open and accepting) — Jamie Cooper, son of Robert and Cathy Cooper, La Crosse, Wis.

Brother James Miller Award (presented to a student who has dedicated his/her college experience to promoting the legacy of Brother James Miller, spreading the compassion of God and continually serving the community)
— Lorelle Brune, daughter of Sam and Sheila Brune, Sterling, Ill.

Brother Charlie Burke Award (presented to a faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to the entire Student Life Department. This individual has promoted the growth of the whole student through their exemplary standard of ethical service, dedication to creating developmental relationships, and their desire to promote lifelong learning)
— Dr. Joseph Tadie, assistant professor of philosophy

Student Service Award — Riley Sinn, son of Philip and Ruth Sinn, Apple Valley, Minn.

Leadership Certificate (presented to students who have completed the co-curricular program designed to give both emerging and advanced leaders the skills and knowledge to enhance his or her leadership development) — Caroline Blackwood, daughter of Eric and Ann Blackwood, Norwalk, Ohio; Miranda Cole, daughter of Jack and Michelle Cole, Barrington, N.H.; Anne Colling, daughter of Thomas and Suzanne Colling, Jordan, Minn.; Kirsten Evans, daughter of Christopher and Kelly Evans, Glenwood, Minn.; Kelli Harstad, daughter of Thomas and Susan Harstad, Hampton, Minn.; Nelson Hough, son of George and Patsy Hough, Long Prairie, Minn.; Jackie Jones, daughter of Joel and Eleanor Jones, Shoreview, Minn.; Kubwayo Wilson, son of Elie Nitunga and Nzeyimana Karitas, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Stephanie Olvera, daughter of Jose and Maria Olvera, Cicero, Ill.; Katarzyna Plawiak, Nowogrodziec, Poland; Serica Rowley, Dubuque, Iowa; Elizabeth Schmidt, daughter of Jerome and Kathy Schmidt, Plainview, Minn.; and Brian Thomas, son of Sharisse Thomas, Bellwood, Ill.