Alumni Award Winners 2013

Meet the 2013 award winners:
Erika HenryCathy RobinsonSister Jean Hughes OPMichael MorganJason SandersonJennifer Hamlin Church
Erika Henry                       Cathy Robinson                Sister Jean Hughes          Michael Morgan               Jason Sanderson             Jennifer Hamlin Church

Recent Graduate Award: Erika Wolcott Henry ’07  (Dunwoody, Ga.)

A graduate of Life University College of Chiropractic and an active volunteer in the Atlanta area, Dr. Erika is the owner and operator of Elite Chiropractic in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Sister Ann Joachim Award: Catherine Zick Robinson ’69 (Ypsilanti, Mich.)

Cathy is a social worker who served in the Peace Corps and worked in community housing, child protection and family services before joining Hope Medical Clinic. In 23 years as executive director, she has turned the clinic into a beacon of service and hope for Ypsilanti’s poor.

Saint Dominic Award: Sister Jean Joseph Hughes, OP ’68 (Chicago, Ill.)

Sister Jean’s passion for justice and serving the poor led her to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, then back to Chicago: first to Aquinas High School, then the 8th Day Center for Justice, and finally St. Leonard’s Ministries for recently released prisoners.

Outstanding Alumni Award: Michael P. Morgan ’83 (Farmington, Conn.)

A dedicated volunteer, creative leader in the GLBT community, and passionate supporter of theater and the arts, Michael is an actor, dancer, choreographer, director, insurance executive, cheerleading advocate and energetic fan of Siena Heights University.

Outstanding Alumni Award: Jason Sanderson  ’92 (Toledo, Ohio)

A dedicated educator and artist who keeps one foot in the auto racing world, Jason has taught art atBedford High School for 20 years, empowering his students (many of whom have come to Siena) with extraordinary studio experiences and scholarship opportunities. 

Honorary Alumni Award: Jennifer Hamlin Church (Petersburg, Mich.)

A passionate promoter of the mission and Dominican values of Siena Heights, Jennifer has shaped the University’s alumni program for 18 years, inspiring graduates of all ages and all SHU programs to serve, support and engage with their Alma Mater.

Alumni Awards Information

Nomination Procedures

Nominations for Alumni Association awards are welcome at any time. Award winners are usually selected each spring and honored during Homecoming Weekend. Nominations remain in the candidate pool for consideration for up to three years.

Alumni awards are open to graduates of Siena Heights University including Siena Heights College and St. Joseph College. The Honorary Alumni Award is presented to persons who are NOT graduates of Siena Heights.

Potential honorees may be nominated for by SHU alumni, members of the faculty or staff, or other persons who know the nominee and the University well. 

Final selection of award recipients rests with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, which reserves the right to consider a nominee for an award other than that suggested by the nominator. All awards may, but will not necessarily, be given annually.

Nominations must include:

  • Name, class year (for Siena Heights graduates), address, phone number and email address of the candidate you wish to nominate.
  • A description of the personal qualities, characteristics and professional or volunteer accomplishments that qualify the nominee for award consideration. (See award descriptions for specific award critieria.)
  • Names of other person(s) or organization(s) who will provide support for the nomination and/or further information about the nominee. NOTE: It is the nominator’s responsibility to solicit additional support as appropriate; at least two such testimonials are recommended.
  • Your name (the nominator) along with: your mailing address, phone number and email address; your class year if you a Siena Heights graduate; and your relationship to the person you are nominating.

Outstanding Alumni Award
The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes alumni whose outstanding professional achievements and/or volunteer contributions promote Siena positively to the community; who demonstrate strong leadership characteristics; who serve as significant role models for others; and who embody the spirit of Siena Heights University.

Saint Dominic Award
The Saint Dominic Award recognizes an alumna or alumnus for commitment to Christian education in family, school or community. Named for the 12th century Spanish nobleman who founded the Dominican order, the award honors persons who embody the Dominican philosophy and the spirit of Siena, and who promote pride in Christian ethics and education.

Sister Ann Joachim Award
The Sister Ann Joachim Award is presented in memory of faculty member Sister Ann Joachim, OP, and recognizes significant contributions to the University and/or community through activities that demonstrate strong leadership, the ability to get things done, and the capacity to confront issues head on while maintaining the image and spirit of the University.

Recent Graduate Award
The Recent Graduate Award recognizes alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years, and whose professional achievement, community involvement and/or civic commitment demonstrate dedication to Christian values and the spirit of Siena Heights University.

Honorary Alumni Award
The Honorary Alumni Award recognizes non-alumni of Siena Heights who demonstrate exceptional commitment to and support for the mission and spirit of the University. Individuals selected for honorary alumni status shall be inspirational role models who have made a significant difference for Siena Heights by sharing themselves through generous and sustained gifts of time, talent and/or treasure.

For a printable nomination form, click here.

Send or email nominations to:
Alumni Relations Office
Siena Heights University
1247 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, MI  49221

Past Alumni Award Winners

Outstanding Alumni Award

1977 Barbara Dumouchelle ‘51=

1978 Marycatherine McCarty ‘45

1979 Miriam M. Stimson, OP ‘36=

1980 Margaret F. Flanagan ‘44=

1981 Lena Sylvester ‘49=

1982 A. Evelyn Capoun ‘48

1983 Mary Ann McRobert ‘79

1984 Eileen Rice, OP ‘68=

1985 Pilar Cruz Lujan ‘55

1986 Marie Irene Miller, OP ‘36=

1987 Dorothy Browne, OP ‘32=

1988 Frances Bock Nowakowski ‘48

1989 Jean Cecile Hunt, OP ‘39=

1990 Nancy J. Potter ‘78

1991 Anthonita Porta, OP ‘63

1992 Donita Sullivan ‘52=

1993 Helen Duggan, OP ‘41

1994 Nadine Foley, OP ‘45

1996-97 Anna Bakeman Tompert ‘38

1997-98 Kenneth B. Phillips ‘75

1998-99 Mary Duggan Cassabon ‘48

1999-00 Tim Bauer ‘82

2001 Judith McNally Redwine ‘66

2002 Karla Grohman Dunn ‘64

2003 Kenneth Thompson ‘77

2004 Karen Erickson ‘60

2005 Maurine Barzantni, OP ‘59

   Renee Richie, OP ‘60

2006 Iqbal Roshd ’83

2007 John Detro '85

2008 Susan Kelly ’69

2009 Jacob Chi ’85

   Tod Marshall ’90

2010 Jamie Richardson ’87

Allan Rodewald ’80

2011 Matthew Schwartz ’88, ’97 ’80

2012 Douglas Miller ’74, ’83 

2013 Michael Morgan '83

     Jason Sanderson '92

Recent Graduate Award

1984 Lawrence Richardson, Jr. ‘76

1985 Rodney Houchins ‘81

1986 Charles Fort ‘74

1987 Michael Griffin ‘80

1988 Mary Jean Klebba ‘85

1989 Ann Johnston Hughes ‘82

1992 Philip Abele ‘79

1993 Michael B. Quinn ‘85

1996-97 Patrick F. Irwin ‘86

1999-00 Mary Helen Kloeckner Halley ‘89

2001 Denise M. Keeley ‘88=

2002 Margaret Smith Randle ‘99

2003 Anna Rodriguez-Webber ‘98

2005 Mark Murray ‘97 MA

   Mary Murray ‘97 MA

2006 Seyed-Jalal Hosseini ’96

2008 Judy Drake ’00

2009 Anthony Butler ’04

2010 Harold Love ’08

2011 Lacey Wilmot Rao ’02

2012 Traci Stewart ’02

2013 Erika Wolcott Henry '07

Sister Ann Joachim Award

1984 Jane Korte Waldo ‘53

1985 Cecelia Schwartz ‘73

1986 Mary Poore ‘76

1987 Alice Robie Resnick ‘61

1988 William Kressbach ‘72

1989 Matilda Szaroletta ‘66

1990 Connie Berube Binsfeld ‘45=

1991 Julie Hyer, OP ‘72

1992 Margaret Scholz Noe ‘75

1993 Evangeline Davis, OP ‘38

1994 David Ballenberger ‘72

1997-98 Deborah Carrington Keller ‘74

1998-99 Tarianne DeYonker, OP ‘70

1999-00 Sharon Weber, OP ‘69

2001 Dorothy V. Gonzales ‘78

2002 Donna Kustusch, OP ‘63

2003 Daniel Malley ‘85

2004 Emery Harlan ‘86

2005 Carol Fowler ‘66

2006 Mary Ann Flannery, SC ’64

2007 Sister Mary Alan Stuart, OP ’62

2008 Karen Verlinden ’68

2009 Gabrielle Davis ’85

2010 Trudy McSorley ’70

2011 Mary Jane Lubinski, OP ’73

2012 Anne Birnbryer MacMillan Eichman ’67

   Sister Patricia Siemen, OP ’72

2013 Catherine Zick Robinson '69

Saint Dominic Award

1983 Marjory Thompson Iott ‘49

1984 Jeanne Olivier Riesterer ‘47

1985 Betty Solem Clifford ‘46=

1986 Gayle VanHavel ‘76=

1987 Therese Craig, OP ‘48

1988 Therese Roekle-Wales ‘68

1989 Judith Lavelle ‘58

1990 Dennis Frandrup, OSB ‘73

1991 Veronica Tamm, OP ’56

1992 Beatrice Cunningham Meyer ‘32=

1993 Mary Jo Stolpmann Fleming ‘47

1994 Juanita Flores, OP ‘74=

1996-97 Patricia F. Walter, OP ‘66

1997-98 Barbara Cervenka, OP ‘64

1998-99 Jean Agnes Klemm, OP ‘44

1999-00 Joan Delaplane, OP ‘56

2001 Barbara Chenicek, OP ‘57

   Rita Schiltz, OP ‘46

2002 Phyllis Kreiner, OP ‘65

   Loretta May, OP ‘58, ‘63

2003 Mary Conway Stonehill Mullins ‘54=

2004 Patricia Brady, OP ‘63

2005 Nancyann Turner, OP ‘63

2006 Rosalie Esquerra, OP ’65

2007 Patricia McDonald, OP ’69

2008 Mark DiPietro ’83

2009 Mary Beaubien, OP ’55

2010 Gregg Milligan ’85

2011 Mary Cele Kane Doyle ’64

2012 Sister Angela Susalla, OP ’63, ’70

2013 Sister Jean Joseph Hughes, OP '68

Honorary Alumni Award

2011 Dr. Michael Dawson 

2012 Sister Patricia Schnapp, RSM 

2013 Jennifer Hamlin Church

= deceased


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