SAINT DOMINIC AWARD
The Saint Dominic Award winner is Delinda ‘Dee’ Crane (Class of 1987) of Blissfield, MI. Crane has had a long career in educating future teachers. She served as the SHU Teacher Education Director and went on to retire from Blissfield Community Schools as their principal. Crane went above and beyond to support her students both professionally and personally. She spent many hours teaching and supporting her students and continued to follow their careers both in and out of Lenawee County. The Saint Dominic Award recognizes commitment to Christian education in family, school, or community.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD
The recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award is Kermit Williams (Class of 2005) of Pontiac, MI. Williams is a public servant to the people of Oakland County and the city of Pontiac MI where he serves as President of the Pontiac City Council. He is also the co-executive director of Oakland Forward, a local non-profit that is dedicated to building power to remove economic, racial, and social barriers to provide opportunities for individuals, with a focus on people of color, in Oakland County. He is committed to fight for just and equitable public policy for all and to do his part in helping others live their best life. 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.
HONORARY ALUMNI AWARD
The Honorary Alumni Award winner is retired Siena Heights University Chief Information Officer, Robert ‘Bob’ Metz of Adrian, MI. Metz retired from SHU in August 2021 after 41 years of service to the university. Metz started in the data processing department at SHU with one other employee. In the 41 years since, the department grew to eight, full-time employees, two part-time employees and student workers. The university’s computing needs changed drastically as new technologies became available, from portable computers to the internet to smartphones. Metz also led the university through the COVD-19 pandemic to pivot the Adrian campus to online learning. 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.
SISTER ANN JOACHIM AWARD
The recipient of the Sister Ann Joachim Award is Amanda ‘Marti’ Martino (Class of 2013) of LaGrande, OR. After Martino graduated from SHU, she earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon. She is employed with the Blue Mountain Land Trust as Interim Executive Director. The Blue Mountain Land Trust’s mission is to protect the scenic, national, and working lands that characterize the Blue Mountain region in Oregon through collaboration with local communities and landowners. Martino’s hard work and dedication have helped make major strides in conversation easements in the region while preserving fish and wildlife habitats, forests, grasslands, and agricultural lands. 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
Receiving the Recent Graduate Award is Samuel Catrain Ruiz (Class of 2013). Catrain Ruiz is a Diplomat at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Washington, DC., responsible for Congressional Affairs. A life-long learner, Catrain Ruiz after graduating from SHU, worked in Chicago and India, then moved to China where he earned his MBA in Corporate Finance at the University of Science and Technology of China. 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.