2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner
Stone Barn, Saint Joseph’s College
May 5, 2018, at 5 p.m., $35
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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. Catherine McAuley had a strong commitment to service. She recognized there were many people in need, and was determined to make a difference. She spent her inheritance in creating a home for women and children where they could find shelter and education, and later founded the Sisters of Mercy.
Maura McMann ’79
“Maura’s Hopeful Mission is a grassroots humanitarian effort that seeks to be a beacon of hope for inner-city individuals”. The members of Maura’s Hopeful Mission bring this beacon to the streets of Boston via food, clothes, blankets and the warmth of human interaction. By providing life essentials, the mission strives to eradicate the hopelessness, helplessness, and despair often felt by individuals who are struggling with addiction, homelessness and other life-changing events. The Mission has sponsored many fundraising and charitable events.
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.
Steve Gorsun ’09, Board of Trustees
Steve Gorsun ’09 is Assistant Vice President, National Client Group Underwriting, at Unum. A former Monks baseball player and team captain during his senior year, Steve earned his degree in business administration and entered Unum’s professional development program shortly after graduation. The accelerated leadership program placed him in strategic and operational roles within multiple sites and business units over a period of four years. Steve assumed his current position as Assistant Vice President in 2014.
Distinguished Philanthropy Award
This award recognizes the continued, generous philanthropic contributions to Saint Joseph’s College made by businesses and individuals.
Peter Geiger Hon. ’14, Past Board Member
Peter Geiger is the editor of the Farmers’ Almanac, first printed in 1818, and is the executive vice president of Geiger, the largest privately owned promotional products business in the nation. A former Trustee of Saint Joseph’s College, he has devoted much of his life to the advancement of educational and health care organizations.
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.
Ryan Sullivan ’09
As a student, Ryan was the biggest supporter of each and every Saint Joseph’s College athletics team. The women’s basketball and softball teams even recognized Sullivan at their final home contests for his fandom. Ryan is a brain tumor survivor and as soon as he was done with treatments, he was back to attending alumni events. He attends 95% of all events in the Boston area and attends every Alumni Weekend. Everyone knows and loves Ryan!
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.
Catherine Hagerman ’79
Cathy is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) that has served as the Maine President of her professional association several times. She has also taught dozens of graduated Nursing students when serving as the Assistant Director of the School of Anesthesia at Mercy Hospital which was transferred to the University of New England. Cathy is a very strong advocate for the Nursing Profession and certainly one of the most successful and well-respected graduates of the SJC Nursing Program. A true tribute to Cathy is the fact that both of her daughters, her daughter-in law, and many other young women have entered the Nursing Profession because they were inspired and supported by Cathy.