The University of St. Thomas community gathered Saturday, March 6, to celebrate its annual St. Thomas Day and to honor recipients of its Humanitarian, Distinguished Alumnus, Professor of the Year, Tommie and Monsignor James Lavin awards.
A video program was prepared and shown for each award recipient. Those videos now can be seen here by clicking on the links below.
The videos were prepared by Brad Jacobsen and John Faeth of Web and Media Services; Dave Nimmer, professor of journalism and mass communications emeritus; Greg Vandegrift, a member of the Communication and Journalism Department; and juniors Pauleen Le and Michael Ewen.
Click on the name of the award to view the video.
Distinguished Alumnus – This year’s award was given to Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based HomeServices of America.
Humanitarian of the Year – Dr. Mary Crowley McDonald, who led the revitalization of inner-city Catholic schools in Memphis, received the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Professor of the Year – Dr. Agapitos Papagapitos, chair of the Economics Department and a member of the St. Thomas faculty since 1990, is this year’s Professor of the Year.
Monsignor James Lavin Award – John Bannigan Jr., who died at age 73 in December, posthumously received this year’s Lavin award. The award honors a volunteer for service to the St. Thomas Alumni Association.
Tommie Award – Steven Broszko, Maplewood, won the 2010 Tommie Award, a 79-year-old honor that has been given annually to a St. Thomas senior who exemplifies the ideals of the university.
Nominations – Nominations for the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna, Humanitarian and Lavin awards are welcome throughout the year, but are required by July 1 for consideration for the following St. Thomas Day in March. For forms and more information on how to submit a nomination, visit the Alumni Association Web site.