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College of Arts and Sciences
Alumni Merit Awards

Congratulations to the College of Arts & Sciences 2010 Alumni Merit Award recipients:

  • Dr. Calvin Burnett
    Class of 1959, BA Political Science
    Class of 1963, Ph.D. Health
    Organization Research

The deadline for the 2010-11 nominations is December 31, 2010. To nominate a candidate, please fill out an electronic form here, or print form out with corresponding material and mail to:

The Office of Alumni Relations
attn: Michelle Hyde
221 N. Grand Blvd
DuBourg Hall
St. Louis, MO 63103

For any questions relating to the merit award, please contact Michelle Hyde at or via phone at 314-977-5530.

2010 Alumni Merit Award Recipients

Mary Bowe
Class of 1968, BA in Sociology

After graduation from SLU, Mary Bowe answered the call to serving others. She trained at the American Red Cross HQ in Washington, D.C. and moved to Vietnam as a clubmobile worker at the height of the Vietnam war where she provided support to American troops, helped the native Montenyard Tribe with irrigation and visited orphanages throughout Vietnam. During Mary’s last 4 months in Vietnam, in addition to her daytime work, she was a radio DJ for the troops, playing musical requests.

Mary’s service to those in need did not end after her tour abroad. After returning to the states, Mary taught for 29 years at an inner city, low income area grammar school and continues to mentor and substitute teach at the school. She is a lifetime member of the PTA and even dresses up like the Cat in the Hat every year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday for the children in the school district. For the last 20 years at the Knox Elementary School, Mary organized a Veteran’s day program to continue the ideals of American pride where local veterans are invited to speak and children read essays on America and Freedom.

Mary is a trained Guadalupe County Master Gardner and started a Gardening program at Knox elementary school to teach the children about vegetables. She also was instrumental in founding a community garden in Schertz, TX, where the harvest will go to Meals on Wheels, Senior Citizens, and others in need in the area. She is a published poet, has been featured in a documentary film, and has received many educational awards. For her time in Vietnam she earned a Medal of Civilian Service, two certificates of achievement and a Letter of Commendation.

Dr. Calvin Burnett
Class of 1959, BA Political Science
Class of 1963, Ph.D. Health Organization Research

Dr. Calvin Burnett left his mark on SLU as the first African-American athlete to play basketball for the Billikens. This was just the beginning of his trailblazing career beyond the borders of Saint Louis University.

Dr. Burnett began his career as a research social psychologist at St. Louis State Hospital and taught at the Catholic University of America and at Southern Illinois University. The majority of his career was spent serving as the President of Coppin State College for 33 years and was designated as President Emeritus 2003. In 2004, Dr. Burnett was appointed Secretary of Higher Education for the State of Maryland.

Though he is now retired, Dr. Burnett continues to give back to the educational community. He has served on many educational boards, including but not limited to the Governor’s commission on quality education in Maryland, State Planning Committee for Higher Education, Segmental Advisory Council, Governor’s Executive Council, K-16 Partnership Leadership Council, Co-Chair Community College Students with Disabilities Task Force, and the Task Force to Convene a Summit on Civic Literacy in Maryland. He is a former board member of Baltimore Urban League, Gilman School, and McDonogh School.

Peter J. Kenny
Class of 1962, BS Math

Peter Kenny comes from an Irish immigrant family. When he was 8 years old his parents came to the United States, wanting their four children to have the life opportunities and education they themselves had not known. His Irish heritage has remained very important to him: he has a strong interest in Irish history, music, and in the Irish language.

Most of Peter’s working life was spent as a software engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He worked with NASA scientists to develop and test many astronomical instruments, wrote flight software, and helped analyze the resulting data. Among those projects were the Hubble Space Telescope, the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE, which studied the radiation left over from the “Big Bang”), and various satellite, rocket and balloon flight missions. Now retired from the civil service, he continues to work part-time in developing new instruments at NASA-Goddard.

In addition to his contributions to the scientific community, Peter tries to embody the spirit of the Jesuit mission. He is an active volunteer for the “Gift of Peace” home (established by Mother Teresa) in Washington DC, driving patients to their medical appointments, delivering donated food, etc. He also helps out with “Meals on Wheels”, and is active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society of his parish. He also enjoys volunteering at a wetlands sanctuary (leading canoe trips).

Peter appreciates Saint Louis University for the fine liberal education he acquired. He is particularly grateful to the Honors program (founded and led by the late Fr. Maurice McNamee, SJ) for helping to prepare a young person who was already an incurable bookworm for a lifetime of serious reading.

Dr. Carol Martin, ED.D.
Class of 1965, Political Science

For the last 40 years, Dr. Carol Martin has proven herself to be a true beacon of service to the under-educated youth and adults in Africa. While her accomplishments are countless, countries of long term work include Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zaire/Congo, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Afghanistan. Countries that have benefited from Dr. Martin’s work visits include Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, North and South Sudan, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Eritrea, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the USA.

Dr. Martin has served as: a teacher-trainer with Ministries of Education in Botswana, Kenya, and Nigeria; a Project Designer for several USAID programs; a Planner for Bauchi State Ministry of Education in Nigeria; an NGO Staff Trainer, an Associate Peace Corps Director in Zaire/Congo, a UNICEF Project Officer of Education in Ethiopia, an Independent Contractor and a Program Director for Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Kabul. On a regular basis, Dr. Martin worked closely at high levels with African policy and decision makers, coordinated donor assistance to education and training programs, and served in leadership positions. She has been a Board Member of many organizations including South African Institute of International Affairs, South African Association for Jazz Education and Chair person for a Cape Town-based youth Jazz Music Project. Dr. Martin earned her Doctorate of Education in 1981 from the University of Massachusetts.

Sister Antoinette Temporiti, C.PP.S.
Class of 1972, BA in Math and Theology
Class of 1977, MA in Religious Studies
Class of 1997, Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy

Since 1988, Sr. Toni has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice in a nonprofit group, Centers for Professional and Pastoral Services. She specializes in working with college age students, young adults, and families. She received her MSW from Washington University in 1988. More recently, Sr. Toni’s mission work has taken on a more global scope. In 2003-04, Sr. Toni spent a sabbatical in Africa, traveling overland by truck through 18 countries. She and her companions camped out every night and prepared meals over an open fire.

Stories told by the native women who gathered around these fires inspired Sr. Toni with hope. Back in St. Louis, one day she realized the amount of money she had just spent on lunch could be used as a loan for African women in extreme poverty. From that moment, MPA was born.
The non-profit MPA (Microfinancing Partners in Africa), provides grants to strengthen or start microfinancing programs for those living in extreme poverty in Africa. Giving access to financial services and education, the programs empower the poor to lift themselves out of poverty with dignity. Under Sr. Toni’s leadership, MPA raised $100K in 2008 and $200K in 2009 for these programs. The organization continues to thrive today.

Sr. Toni has been a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, MO, for over 35 years, is on the board of Partnership for Global Justice at the U.N., and is the chair of the U.N.’s Non Governmental Organization committee for her religious congregation.

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