Alumni Awards

2017 Alumni Awards HonoreesPhoto caption: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients (L to R) Christina Joyce, Brad Bingham, Cynthia Murray Beliveau, and Catherine Renquin Ryder. Missing from photo is Cornelia Helen Baker.

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2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner
Stone Barn, Saint Joseph's College
May 6, 2017 at 6 p.m.

2017 Award Honorees

Please note: Not all five awards will be awarded each year, unless there is a case of truly deserving alumni. The intent behind the total amount of awards is to create flexibility and provide options for those choosing award candidates.

Catherine McAuley Award

This award, named for the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, is reserved for an individual or group who, through their selfless service to those in need, reflect the values and spirituality of Catherine McAuley. 

Cynthia Murray BeliveauCynthia Murray Beliveau ’70
Cynthia Murray Beliveau, founder of the Maine Women’s Lobby, has been an inspiring leader and advocate for women and children in Maine and beyond. A former Trustee and longtime contributor, she has dedicated a large part of her life to faith-based work and has traveled worldwide on community service missions. 

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Emerging Leader Award

This award is presented to a Saint Joseph’s graduate who has made an early, significant impact in their profession and/or community.

Brad BinghamBrad Bingham ’08
Brad Bingham has distinguished himself at several of Maine’s leading companies, serving in HR roles at Fairchild, Unum, and now IDEXX, where he is an HR Advisor. Brad Bingham has generously participated in Saint Joseph’s Career Conversations alumni panels, providing SJC students with invaluable career insights and networking opportunities.


Distinguished Philanthropy Award

This award recognizes the continued, generous philanthropic contributions to Saint Joseph’s College made by businesses and individuals.

Cornelia Markey BakerCornelia Helen Baker ’85
In 1980, while working as an occupational health nurse in Connecticut, she earned her bachelor’s degree through SJC’s pioneering distance education program. Grateful for the impact her degree had on her life and career, she became a generous and dedicated supporter of Saint Joseph’s College.


Monk Spirit Award

The Monk Spirit Award recognizes an alum who demonstrates the “spirit” of the College through his or her interactions and continued involvement with Saint Joseph’s.

Christina JoyceChristina A. Joyce ’68
Christina Joyce has long been a highly engaged and loyal representative of the Class of ’68. She keeps her classmates connected with each other and with the College through yearly class luncheons and email contact. She has made her presence known to young and old, showing unparalleled devotion to Saint Joe’s.


Professional Excellence Award

The Professional Excellence Award goes to the alum who has best distinguished himself or herself professionally in such a way as to positively reflect on Saint Joseph’s College and its core values. 

Catherince Renquin RyderCatherine Renquin Ryder ’81
Catherine Renquin Ryder is a tireless advocate for mental health awareness in Maine and across the nation. As the executive director of Tri-County Mental Health Services, she is nationally recognized as a leader in the mental health field and embodies the values of integrity, community and compassion. 

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