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Alumni Awards

After graduation, SLU alumni head out into the world to make a difference — in their fields, in their communities and in the lives of others. The University is pleased to honor their achievements with a variety of awards.

Alumni Merit Awards

An Alumni Merit Award is bestowed upon a distinguished graduate from 12 of SLU’s schools, colleges and centers in recognition of his or her outstanding achievement, dedication to a chosen profession and commitment to the mission of the University.

Alumni are welcome to nominate their fellow SLU graduates for the awards. The National Alumni Board, Development Division, leadership and faculty from 12 schools and colleges across the University select the winners. Recipients are honored at an annual award ceremony held the weekend of Commencement.

Alumni Merit Award Recipients

2022
10 of SLU's 2022 Alumni Merit Award winners pose for a group photo.

Front row, from left: Stephen M. Strum, J.D., Mary Kay Knight Macheca, R.N., Suthanya Srisuro, Thomas Nenninger and Alice F. Roach. Back row, from left: Thomas P. Shaner, M.D., William L. Carrier, Cecilia A. Nadal, Dennis M. Jenkerson and Jerry Sax. Not pictured are Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D., Jennifer L. McDaniel, M.S., Phillip Edward Sowa and Thomas J. Reese. Photo by Steve Dolan. 

Center for Advanced Dental Education
Suthanya Srisuro, D.D.S., M.S. (Grad Dent ’75)

Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business
Jerry Sax (CSB ’83)

College of Arts and Sciences
Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D. (A&S ’82)

College of Philosophy and Letters
Thomas J. Reese, S.J. (P&L, Grad A&S ’68)

Doisy College of Health Sciences
Jennifer L. McDaniel M.S., R.D.N. (Doisy ’05)

Institute of Technology
Thomas B. Nenninger (IT ’61)

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
William L. Carrier (Parks ’81)

School of Education
Alice F. Roach, Ed.D. (Ed ’04, Grad Ed ’06)

School of Law
Stephen M. Strum, J.D. (Law ’88)

School of Medicine
Thomas P. Shaner, M.D. (A&S ’68, Med ’72)

School for Professional Studies
Dennis M. Jenkerson (SPS ’02)

Trudy Valentine School of Nursing
Mary Kay Knight Macheca, M.S.N., R.N. (Nurs ’82, Grad Nurs ’86)

2019

2019 Alumni Merit Award WinnersPictured: Back row, from left: Don Cook, Ed.D.; Brent Ibata, Ph.D.; William Klepper, Ph.D.; SLU President Dr. Fred Pestello; Michael McMillian; Robert Vitale; William Ka-Lun Choi, Ph.D. Front row, from left: Jerome Dwyer, M.D.; George Brill; Claire Wyneken; Pamela Cacchione, Ph.D.; Michael Forrest; Colleen Starkloff.

College of Arts and Sciences
William M. Klepper, Ph.D. (A&S ’66, Grad A&S ’67, ’75)

School of Medicine
Jerome V. Dwyer, M.D. (A&S ’79, Med ’85)

Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business
Robert V. Vitale (CSB ’88)

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
George Brill (Parks ’85)

Institute of Technology
Michael C. Forrest (IT ’55)

Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing
Pamela Z. Cacchione, Ph.D. (Grad Nurs ’98)

Doisy College of Health Sciences
Colleen Kelly Starkloff (Doisy ’74)

College for Public Health and Social Justice
Brent Ibata, Ph.D., J.D. (PH ’00 and ’08, Law ’07)

School for Professional Studies
Claire L. Wyneken (PS ’15)

School of Education
Don W. Cook Sr., Ph.D. (Ed ’97)

Center for Advanced Dental Education
William Ka-Lun Choi (CADE ’93)

2018

Darryl Jones, St. Louis, Missouri
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1977

Patrick Dreiling, Kansas City, Missouri
Center for Advanced Dental Education, Class of 1970

Keith Willis, Sr., St. Louis, Missouri
School for Professional Studies, Class of 2002

Jason Sengheiser, St. Louis, Missouri
School of Law, Class of 2003

Miguel Paniagua, St. Louis, Missouri
College for Public Health and Social Justice, Class of 1992

Fr. Robert Flannery, Carbondale, Illinois
School of Education, Class of 1979

Jose Lopez, Centennial, Colorado
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Class of 1969

Sheila Haas, Wautoma, Wisconsin
School of Nursing, Class of 1968

Valerie Davisson, Boston, Massachusetts
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Class of 1987

Vasilikitsa Antonopoulos, Chicago, Illinois
Doisy College of Health Sciences, Class of 2002

Bruce Wolfe, Portland, Oregon
School of Medicine, Class of 1967

Rudolph Roeslein, St. Louis, Missouri
Institute of Technology, Class of 1971

2017

alumni merit recipients 2017

Thomas Downey, Chicago, Illinois
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1986

William Sly, St. Louis, Missouri
School of Medicine, Class of 1957

Thomas Hillmeyer, Chesterfield, Missouri
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Class of 1964

Margaret Vandeven, Jefferson City, Missouri
School of Education, Class of 2014

Linda Heitman, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
School of Nursing, Class of 1987 and 2001

Michael Riley, Belleville, Illinois
Doisy College of Health Sciences, Class of 1975

J. Breezer Rickey, Chicago, Illinois
College for Public Health and Social Justice, Class of 1992

Patrick Lee, Key Largo, Florida
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Class of 1959

J. Barry McCormick, Tucson, Arizona
Institute of Technology, Class of 1962 and 1967

Frank Friedlein Jr., St. Charles, Missouri
School for Professional Studies, Class of 1976

2016

John P. Coyne
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1959

Aron E. Dellinger
Center for Advanced Dental Education, Class of 1999

Mark R. Bell, ’67
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Class of 1967

Lara A. Lennaman
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, Class of 2003

Anne G. Perry
School of Nursing, Class of 1976

Joseph F. Steurer, ’59
Institute of Technology, Class of 1959

Susan A. Klepper
Doisy College of Health Sciences, Class of 1966

Larry C. Chang
College for Public Health and Social Justice, Class of 1989

William J. Dowling
School for Professional Studies, Class of 1983

Mary A. Bruemmer
School of Education, Class of 1960

Peter J. Dempsey
School of Medicine, Class of 1966

 

Pioneer Award

As the first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River, Saint Louis University was founded and operated to educate pioneers who helped shape the history of our region and nation. In honor of that pioneering spirit that forged the foundation of SLU, the Pioneer Award is an annual recognition of a graduate who is hardworking, innovative, driven and committed to Jesuit ideals and whose actions, accomplishments and pioneering spirit have helped pave the way for others. The recipient of this award is honored at an annual award ceremony held during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Pioneer Award Recipients ​

2022

Cecilia A. Nadal, M.A.
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1972

Cecilia Nadal has committed her life to shining a light of hope, peace and acceptance on society’s most vulnerable, using cross-cultural engagement strategies through music, dance, drama and education.

Nadal founded Gitana Productions, a nonprofit arts and education organization, in 1996. She has produced more than 25 major international music/dance shows, more than 20 original plays, the first major cross-cultural engagement conference in St. Louis and numerous educational events to promote peace and connection across cultures. She started Global Education through the Arts, the first community arts program in Missouri, bringing together African American and refugee /immigrant youth in South City, Ferguson and the Amherst Park area.

After the Ferguson protests, Nadal felt compelled to explore the complex issues between the police and the community. She collaborated with playwright Lee Patton Chiles, to develop the highly successful play Black and Blue and other plays such as Complacency of Silence: Darfur; My Heart is Always Shaking: Afghan Women Refugees in St. Louis.

Nadal has written two plays: Between Worlds: An American Tragedy and An Amazing Story: German Abolitionists of Missouri. The latter play and community engagement would result in the City of Hermann celebrating Black History Month for the first time.

2018

Dr. Lubna H. Somjee, Poughkeepsie, New York
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1993

Principal of Lubna Somjee, Ph.D., since 2005, Dr. Somjee is a psychologist and executive coach passionate about change, growth and the power of collective strength. As an executive coach, she works to maximize professional or leadership growth for those at varying stages of their career or business. She also works with organizations by helping to create robust, vibrant teams and organizations. Dr. Somjee is a licensed psychologist and provides psychotherapy. Additionally, she has a subspecialty in health psychology working with people managing chronic medical issues.

Dr. Somjee speaks to audiences regarding the workplace, leadership, psychology and integrative health. She has been featured in various media outlets, including NPR, FastCompany and the Poughkeepsie Journal, where she had a column for 13 years. She volunteers with various organizations to promote leadership and workplace development, diversity and inclusion, integrative health, and healthcare legislation and reform. She obtained her B.A. in psychology from Saint Louis University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota, and two postdoctoral fellowships from Yale School of Medicine.

2017

Dr. AndersonDr. Stanley L. Anderson, Kansas City, Missouri
Collegeof Arts and Sciences, Class of 1991
College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Class of 1996
School of Medicine, Class of 2001

One of the Kansas City region’s only African-American male OB-GYN physicians, Dr. Anderson was one of his area’s first da Vinci robotic surgeons. In 2014, he simultaneously chaired the OB-GYN department at HCA Research Medical Center and served patients in two other offices. Dr. Anderson also was a preceptor instructor of future doctors for Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. In an effort to encourage other low-income students majoring in a health science field to attend college, Dr. Anderson began the Drs. Stanley and Tiffany Anderson Scholarship Fund located at the Topeka Community Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. He passed away in August 2017 after battling cancer.

Past Pioneer Award recipients

2011: Patricia L. Monteleone, M.D. (’61)
2007: Harry Revels III, M.D. (’56)
2002: Mary Nawrocki McGinnis, M.D. (’52)

 

BAA Distinguished Service Award

The Black Alumni Association’s annual award honors those who make outstanding contributions to the African-American community through religious, cultural, civic, professional and/or educational efforts and accomplishments.

To nominate an individual for the award, send the award application and corresponding materials to LaVerne Robinson at robinslp@slu.edu. Nominees need not be a SLU graduate, however, the award is not given posthumously.

Distinguished Black Alumni Award Recipients

Dr. Mildred R. Anderson (A&S ’69)
Dr. Edwin Bailey (E&PS ’88)
Judy Bentley (BSN ’75)
Freeman Bosley, Jr. (A&S ’76, LAW ’79)
Major William Brown (LAW ’98)
Dr. Frederick Cason (Med ’78)
Dr. John Doggett (E&PS ’69 & ’71)*
The Honorable Jimmie M. Edwards (A&S ’78, LAW ’81)
Dr. Flint Flower (E&PS ’97)
Queen Dunlap Fowler (E&PS ’65 & ’74)
Johnny Furr, Jr. (A&S ’78)
Darryl T. Jones (A&S ’77)
Jessie J. Knight, Jr. (A&S ’72)
Angela Lewis (A&S ’04, Ed ’06)
Michael McMillan (A&S ’96)
Joseph Palm (A&S ’95, Grad PH ’01)
Donnell Reid (Cook ’64, Grad Cook ’74)
Father Paul Reinert (A&S ’33, Grad ’34)*
Angela Roffle (SW ’99)
Dr. Karla Scott (A&S ‘81)
Pauline V. Smith (Cook ’77)*
Carol Weir (Grad SW ’72)
John Wright (E&PS ’62, ’68, & ’78)
Dr. Katie Harper Wright (Ed ’79)

*deceased

 

Order of the Fleur de Lis Hall of Fame

Fleur di Lis logoInclusion in the School of Law’s Order of the Fleur de Lis is granted to alumni who bring honor to the school through their professional success, significant contributions to the community and demonstrated Jesuit spirit. Honorees are inducted into the hall of fame in an annual ceremony.

Alumni are welcome to nominate fellow graduates for induction to the order. Inductees are selected by a committee comprising the dean, alumni and staff.

2022 Inductees

John J. Ammann ('84)
Dana J. Boente ('82)
The Honorable Joan M. Burger ('76)
Lance Callis* ('59)
Donald J. Gunn Jr. ('60)
Malcolm J. Harkins III ('76)
Janette M. Lohman ('81)
The Honorable Leslie Miller ('76)
The Honorable Lawrence E. Mooney ('74)
The Honorable Donald G. Wilkerson ('93)

*deceased

 

Order of the Fleur de Lis Members

2019
The 2019 Order of the Fleur de Lis inductees, a group of 11, pose for a group photo.

 

Sally E. Barker ('76)
John T. Boese ('72)
Leonard P. Cervantes* (’73)
The Hon. Anne-Marie Clarke (’73)
The Hon. Edward L. Filippine (’57)
The Hon. Kevin F. O’Malley (’73)
Kathleen R. Sherby (’76)
The Hon. Francis G. Slay (’80)
Sr. Laura J. Wolf, OSF (’81)
The Hon. Michael A. Wolff, Dean and Professor Emeritus

*deceased

2017

2017 honorees
The Honorable Terry I. Adelman* ('70)
Honorable Susan E. Block ('75)
Kevin C. Curran ('78)
Jesse A. Goldner, John D. Valentine Professor of Law Emeritus
Roger L. Goldman, Callis Family Professor of Law Emeritus
Honorable Jimmie M. Edwards ('81)
Anita C. Esslinger ('78)
Bernard A. Reinert ('62)
Honorable Karen E. Schreier ('81)
Mary Anne Sedey ('75)
Reuben A. Shelton ('81)
Honorable Lisa S. Van Amburg ('75)

*deceased

2016

The Honorable Henry Autrey ('77)
Clyde S. Cahill ('51)
The Honorable Michael B. Calvin ('75)
Dennis C. Donnelly ('66)
Susan A. "Tonie" FitzGibbon ('84)
David J. Hensler ('67)
F. William Human, Jr. ('50)
The Honorable Mary Kathryn Hoff ('78)
Joseph L. Leritz ('52)
Henry F. Luepke ('60)
Marian V. "Bo" Mehan ('82)
Robert F. Scoular ('64)
The Honorable Joseph J. Simeone (Professor Emeritus)
John G. Simon ('86)
Arlene Zarembka ('74)

2015

John (Jack) M. Bray (’62)
Honorable Kathianne Knaup Crane (’71)
Irvin (’54) and Maggie Dagen*
Doreen D. Dodson (’74)
John E. (Jack) Dunsford* (’56)
Vincent C. Immel*
Sandra H. Johnson
Honorable Theodore McMillian* (’49)
Michael D. O'Keefe (’61)
Peter W. Salsich Jr. (’65)
Eileen H. Searls
John C. Shepherd* (’51)
Honorable Paul J. Simon (’60)
Jon A. Theobald (’70)

*deceased

 

School of Medicine Alumni Association Community Service Award

Established in 2011, this award recognizes and honors service demonstrated by School of Medicine graduates.

Past recipients

2015: Herman J. Echsner, M.D. (’52)
2013: Howard M. Place, M.D. (’83)
2011: William M. Fogarty, Jr., M.D. (’60)

 

School of Medicine Early Achievement Award

Established in 2015, this award is presented to an alumna/alumnus who graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine within the last 20 years and who has demonstrated excellence in medical practice or research, service to the community and/or commitment to Saint Louis University.

Past recipients

2015: Edward C. Chen, M.D. (’05)

 

Spirit of the Billiken Award

In honor of the 1818 founding of Saint Louis University, the Office of Alumni Engagement created the Spirit of the Billiken Senior Recognition Program, which recognizes 18 students who are in their final year of study and are committed to being proud and dedicated alumni of Saint Louis University. These students represent what it means to be a Billiken, and excel in all of the following areas: academics, leadership, community service, commitment to Saint Louis University and dedication to living SLU's mission after graduation.

2022
Dominic

Dominic Antony
College of Arts and Sciences
Streamwood, IL


Yichen Fang

Yichen Fang
Parks College of Engineering and Aviation
Chico, CA


Lauren Hamby

Lauren Hamby
College of Arts and Sciences
Tulsa, OK


Peyton High

Peyton High
College of Arts and Sciences
Springfield, IL


Justice Hill

Justice Hill
College of Arts and Sciences
Columbia, SC


Jackson Johnston

Jackson Johnston
College of Arts and Sciences
California, MO


Lexi Kayser

Lexi Kayser
College of Arts and Sciences
O’Fallon, MO


William Kinczewski

William Kinczewski
Parks College of Engineering and Aviation
Rockford, IL


Elyse Lewandowski

Elyse Lewandowski
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business
Sartell, MN


Ellie Messerschmidt

Ellie Messerschmidt
Doisy College of Health Sciences
Omaha, NE


Shalmali Mirajkar

Shalmali Mirajkar
College of Arts and Sciences
St. Louis, MO


Daniel O’Connell

Daniel O’Connell
College of Arts and Sciences
Geneva, IL


Elizabeth Potterf

Elizabeth Potterf
College of Arts and Sciences
Kansas City MO


Dhvanii Raval

Dhvanii Raval
College of Arts and Sciences
Roselle, IL


Anushah Sajwani

Anushah Sajwani
College of Arts and Sciences
Schaumburg, IL


Alexa Santamarina

Alexa Santamarina
Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing
Loveland, OH


Poorva Sheth

Poorva Sheth
College for Public Health and Social Justice
Chesterfield, MO


Ananta Sriram

Ananta Sriram
Doisy College of Health Sciences
Novi, MI


2021
Nosa Ali

Nosa Ali
Doisy College of Health Sciences


Zainab Alramadhan

Zainab Alramadhan
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology


Jori Brewer

Jori Brewer
Doisy College of Health Sciences


Caroline Doherty

Caroline Doherty
College of Arts and Sciences


Ella Dotson

Ella Dotson
School of Education


Gabriela Keator

Gabriela Keator
College of Arts and Sciences


Maggie Kenney

Maggie Kenney
College of Arts and Sciences


Jemma Kim

Jemma Kim
Doisy College of Health Sciences


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Joe Laughlin
College of Arts and Sciences


Dawson Myers

Dawson Myers
College of Arts and Sciences


Megan Ng

Megan Ng
Doisy College of Health Sciences


Malaney Papke

Malaney Papke
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business


Twinkle Patel

Twinkle Patel
College of Arts and Sciences


Benjamin Rael

Benjamin Rael
Doisy College of Health Sciences


Joe Reyes

Joe Reyes
College of Arts and Sciences


Tayla Slay

Tayla Slay
Doisy College of Health Sciences


Nirali Thakkar

Nirali Thakkar
College for Public Health and Social Justice


2019

 

Spirit of the Billiken Award winners 2019

Maya Abrahamian of St. Louis, MO
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Bezawit Alemu of Addis Adaba, Ethiopia
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Austin Armstrong of Lake Jackson, Texas
College of Arts and Sciences

Esther Chinwuko of Sikeston, MO
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Beatrice Connaghan of St. Louis, MO
College of Arts and Sciences

Hile Ermias of St. Louis, MO
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Douglas Fritz of Hazelwood, MO
College of Arts and Sciences

Conner Gibson of Barrington, IL
School of Nursing

Samantha Kiss of Streamwood, IL
College of Arts and Sciences

Jacob Linomaz of St. Louis, MO
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Katlyn Martin of La Vista, NE
College of Arts and Sciences

Awais Paracha of Ashburn, VA
College of Arts and Sciences

Neej Patel of Northville, MI
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Puja Patel of Edwardsville, IL
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Clare Schrodt of Louisville, KY
College of Arts and Sciences

George Tharp of Jefferson City, MO
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Meredith Walker of Pittsburgh, PA
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Mana Yacim of Jefferson City, MO
Doisy College of Health Sciences

2018

 

Spirit of the Billiken Award winners 2018

Katie Anderson
Doisy College of Health Sciences

Emma Bottin
Doisy College of Health Sciences

Blake Braun
College of Arts and Sciences

Smrithi Chidambaram
College of Arts and Sciences

Jay Hardin
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Victoria Harris
Doisy College of Health Sciences

Will Higgins
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Layla Husen
College of Arts and Sciences

Katrina Ludwig
School of Education

Carly Masinelli
Doisy College of Health Sciences

Arielle Melliza
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Molly Meyer
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Alex Mueller
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Paula Otero Santos
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Soumya Ramireddy
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Daniel Sprehe
College of Arts and Sciences

Aaron Stonecipher
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Tram (Alex) Tran
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

2017

Spirit of the Billiken Award winners 2017

Brittany Balzano of Glenview, Illinois
Doisy College of Health Sciences

Rosemary Bornstein of Show Low, Arizona
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Sarah Bowen of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois
Doisy College of Health Sciences

Gloria Campbell of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Colleen Carroll of Rocky River, Ohio
School of Nursing

Michael Degnan of Naperville, Illinois
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Raquel Dominguez of Lawrence, Kansas
College of Arts and Sciences

Andrea Gabaldon of Roeland Park, Kansas
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Mikel Green of Jacksonville, Florida
College of Arts and Sciences - SLU Madrid

Betty Goodwin of Des Peres, Missouri
School of Education

Max Hammond of Evergreen, Colorado
College of Arts and Sciences

Audrey Hunter of La Quinta, California
Doisy College of Health Sciences

Jason Maddox of St. Louis, Missouri
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Ada Oguejiofor of Missouri City, Texas
College of Arts and Sciences

Rachel Scott of St. Louis, Missouri
Doisy College of Health Sciences

Braden Spratt of Elsberry, Missouri
College of Arts and Sciences

Hope Williams of Greenfield, Indiana
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Kenya Young-Bosley of St. Louis, Missouri
Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business