Alumni Appreciation Award

This award honors an alum of the university, who by their consistent and continuous volunteer efforts have given their personal time and energies to further the goals and objectives of Saint Mary's University and the alumni association.

Eligibility
The nominee/awardee must be a graduate of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Nominees must show personal commitment involving time and effort in any or all of the following areas involving university functions supported by the alumni association. Current employees are not eligible for this award.

  • life-long ambassador of Saint Mary's
  • engaged with other alumni to encourage and attend alumni programming, reunions
  • encouraging future students to attend Saint Mary's


2021 Recipient:

Mike Cannon '73
AwardsBegan supporting Saint Mary’s as a student. He was a member of Alpha Delta Gamma and served as president of the fraternity for one year. He also was an RA, and even coached women’s football! Since graduating, he has been a very active alumnus. He’s attended more than 20 reunions, has helped to plan or host numerous Saint Mary’s golf tournaments, and he’s served on the First Generation Initiative (FGI) Board as well as two Celebration of Excellence planning committees. He’s hosted a prospective student and parent information session and two FGI fundraisers. He’s constantly advocating for Saint Mary’s. A love for Saint Mary’s runs in the Cannon family, as Mike followed in the footsteps of two Saint Mary’s alumni siblings, Jack ’64 and Tom ’69. After graduation, he spent his career in sales. And he’s just completed 10 years as alderman of Rolling Meadows. He and his wife, Sally (Weldon) ’74, have three adult children.

 


2021 Alumni Award Video

 

 

Past Recipients:

D. Tracy Rumford '55 – 1980

Ralph J. Zito '67 – 1980

Michael J. Dooley '66 – 1981

Br. I. Basil Rothweiler, FSC '38 – 1981

Terry Malloy Chism '71 – 1982

Charles N. Marron '57 – 1982

Donald H. Whaley '58 – 1983

Jeffrey C. Yourell '70 – 1983

Joseph A. Caruso '64 – 1984

Julius E. Gernes '61 – 1984

John P. Soucheray '74 – 1985

Daniel E. Lucas '47 – 1986

Loras H. Sieve '60 – 1987

Richard ’74 and Mary Ann (Gay) '76 Stringham – 1988

David R. Thies '59 – 1989

William J. Boulger, Jr. '60 – 1990

Michael Cannon '73 - 2021

Douglas W. Johnson '63 – 1990

James J. Casimir '61 – 1991

John F. Phelan '72 – 1992

C. William Biesanz '38 – 1993

James D. Lorr '58 – 1993

Robert J. Scurio '57 – 1994

Paul Libera '40 – 1995

Leonard J. Canning '51 – 1996

Raymond 'Skip' Stringham '71 – 1996

Oscar H. Straub '52 – 1997

Dr. Samuel J. Cascio '48 – 1998

Charles Lentz '37 – 1999

John F. McDonough '75 – 2000

Carl J. Calabrese '41 – 2001

Joseph E. La Belle, Ph.D. '51 – 2001

Richard B. Willett '57 – 2002

Keith Klausner '73 – 2003

Roger Laven '54 – 2004

Tom C. Callen '70 – 2005

Richard Reedy '76 – 2006

Walter Jungbauer '87 – 2007

Tim Burchill '68 – 2008

James E. Hoey '74 – 2009

Kenneth J. Ortman '59 – 2009

Harry A. Plotke '59 – 2009

Timothy Horan '70 – 2010

Rob Figliulo '76 – 2011

Robert "Bo" Rettig '77 – 2012

Thomas Baryl '58 – 2014

William Herzog ’70 – 2015

Dr. Renée Garpestad ’81 D’03 – 2016

Molly (Murphy) O'Keefe '97 - 2017

Judy (Mullins) Lucas '83 - 2018

John Domanico '77 - 2019