Lasallian Service Award

This award honors an alum for outstanding contributions to the Lasallian spirit and values. This award recognizes individuals who better their professions and communities, those who truly make a difference in our world. Previously this award was named the Religious Service Award.

Eligibility:  
The nominee/awardee must be a graduate of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Current employees of the university are not eligible for the award. The nominee/awardee must embody the following:

  • faith
  • service
  • community
  • leadership


2021 Recipients:
Dr. Susan (Orlowski) Paul Caulfield '80, Ed.D.
AwardsServed at two Catholic high schools in the Twin Cities, both rooted in their Lasallian heritage. For 11 years, she was a religion teacher and later director of Campus Ministry at Totino-Grace High School. During this time, she earned her master’s degree in non-public administration and her doctorate in education leadership, specifically researching what community meant in a Catholic high school. With licensure in hand, Caulfield joined the staff at Hill-Murray School as principal and later as president. Committed to educating the whole student, she worked to provide her staff the resources they needed to ensure that graduates left Hill-Murray confident, capable, and resilient. For 24 years, she proudly assured graduates, “You are not only ready for the rigors of college, you are ready to change the world in wonderful ways because of your membership in this community.” She also serves on the Simon Says Give Board of Directors, Minnesota State Council for NCA-CASI, and NCA Board of Trustees. For her dedicated work, she received the MN AdvancED Excellence in Education Award and the Archdiocesan Excellence in Catechesis Leadership Award. Thoroughly enjoying retirement, she now spends more time with her husband, Bruce, and their 12 grandchildren.


Jennifer (Lawrence) Nelson '04
AwardsHas had a passion for service her entire life. When asked about her New Year’s resolution at age 11, she responded, “World peace.” As a member of her high school’s campus ministry team, she was the first to letter in service. At Saint Mary’s, she co-led Outreach, a team that led confirmation retreats throughout the diocese, and participated in Habitat and S.O.U.L. mission trips. After serving two years in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan, Nelson fell into the profession of volunteer engagement and never looked back. As the manager of Volunteer Services at Maple Grove Hospital, she has overseen the growth of the department from 90 to 500 volunteers since 2011. Under her leadership, the hospital was the first in the nation to achieve Service Enterprise status from Points of Light. Nelson continues to actively volunteer in her church and community with her husband Travis ’05 and son Bekett.

 


2021 Alumni Award Video

 

Past Recipients:

Most Rev. Robert Brom '60 – 1985

Most Rev. Frederick Freking, DD '34 – 1985

Most Rev. George Speltz, DD '32 – 1985

Most Rev. Alfred Stemper '34 – 1985

Br. Alphonsus Pluth, FSC '39 – 1986

Ronald Wilkins '39 – 1986

Br. Julius Winkler, FSC '36 – 1986

Rev. Daniel Corcoran '37 – 1987

Br. Leonard Courtney, Ph.D., FSC '37 – 1987

Br. Theodore Drahmann, FSC '49 – 1989

Br. James Gaffney, FSC '64 – 1989

Br. John Grover, FSC '65 – 1990

Br. I. Ambrose Trusk, FSC '43 – 1990

Rev. James Barnett '60 – 1991

Al Peters '74 - 2019

Br. James Miller, FSC '66 – 1991

Rev. James Russell '56 – 1991

Fr. Andrew C. Fabian, OP – 1992

Br. I. Basil Rothweiler, FSC '38 – 1993

Br. Terence McLaughlin, FSC '44 – 1994

Br. Martin Spellman, FSC '54 – 1994

Br. Richard Gerlach, FSC '35 – 1995

Br. George Paul, FSC '36 – 1996

Br. Raymond Long, FSC '43 – 1996

Rev. Paul Nelson '57 – 1997

Dennis L. Nigon '68 – 1998

Fr. Kenneth Thesing, MM '64 – 1999

Br. J. Francis Walsh, FSC, '45 – 2000

Br. Gordon Hannon, FSC '86 – 2001

Br. Norman Wray, FSC '46 – 2001

Dr. Susan (Orlowski) Paul Caulfield '80 - 2021

Fr. Paul R. Wierichs, CP ‘74 – 2002

Rev. Robert Botthof, OP '50 – 2003

Stephen Judd '53 – 2004

Br. Dominic Ehrmantraut, FSC '67 – 2005

Br. Louis Rodemann, FSC '61 – 2006

Br. Paul Grass, FSC '57, M'62 – 2007

Hugh Downey '62 – 2008

Msgr. Roy E. Literski '49 – 2009

Christine (Coglianese) Collins '93 – 2010

James Cunningham '49 – 2010

James '91 & Molly (Crosby) '91 Cave – 2011

Mary Lou (Black) Scheid ’76 – 2011

Barbara (Mulvey) McQuillan ’76 – 2016

Giles Wilborn '61, M'66 - 2017

Sarah (Bellingham) Laitinen '07

Jennifer (Lawrence) Nelson '04 - 2021