Alumni Awards

The Alumni Association presents four prestigious annual awards to honor deserving graduates, professors and friends of Dominican University of California. Honorees receive the awards during Reunion Weekend each year. 

The Sister M. Patricia Lyons Distinguished Alumni Award

Established in 1982 in honor of Sister Patricia Lyons, O.P., who provided 33 years of outstanding service to Dominican as director of alumni relations, this award honors Alumni Association members who have distinguished themselves in the service of the University.
 

Nominations for the 2019-20 Alumni Achievement Awards are now closed. Please join us at Reunion 2020 as we celebrate the winners. 

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Currently representing the Dominican Sisters on the University’s Board of Trustees, Sister Margaret Diener ’70 is a tireless advocate for social and economic justice, and the transformative power of contemplation and prayer. Sister Margaret began her career in educational administration, working at the University as director of the Alemany Library from 1980-1991 and holding positions as an English instructor and co-director of Fanjeaux residence hall, before taking the helm of Katalysis, a non-profit assisting low-income communities in developing countries. For more than a decade, she has served as the director of Santa Sabina Retreat Center, the Dominican Sisters’ retreat and conference center adjacent to Edgehill Mansion.

Sister Margaret is a former member of the Board of Directors of San Domenico School, the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Community and Economic Initiatives Committee of Catholic Healthcare West, and most recently was appointed to a five year term on the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.

 

  • Gloria Sun Hom '62 (2019)
  • Susan Johann Gilardi '68 (2018)
  • The Bradley Sisters '60 - '67 (2017)
  • Pepe Gonzales '02 (2016)
  • Joy Phoenix '93 (2015)
  • Loraine Barry '86 (2014)
  • Sr. Maureen McInerney '68 (2013)
  • Virginia Murillo '52 (2012)
  • Joan McDonald '61 (2011)
  • Sheila Doyle Kiernan '48 (2010)
  • Olga Malati Dollar '39 (2009)
  • Mary Grandin '50 (2008)
  • Winifred Coleman '57 (2007)
  • Sister Marie Sagues '51 (2006)
  • Amy Bjorklund Reeder '90 (2005)
  • Sister Francis de Sales Taggart '40 (2004)
  • Mark A. Jordan '75 (2003)
  • Virginia Formichi '47 (2002)
  • Genevieve Murphy Moore '81 (2001)
  • Elizabeth Purcell '69 (2000)
  • Stephanie Bulich '72 (1999)
  • Judith Dicks O’Toole '68 (1998)
  • Jacqueline McDonald Tarantino '68 (1997)
  • Patricia Cribben Dreier '44 (1996)
  • Mary Kilkenny Glendening '50 (1995)
  • Miriam Anne Detert '47 (1994)
  • Mary Helen Power Fairchild '48 (1993)
  • Cecile Granjean Volin '37 (1992)
  • Elizabeth Jewell Girard '30 (1991)
  • Patricia Farbstein McGrath '55 (1990)
  • Veronica Shannon Angwin '39 (1989)
  • Patricia Rennie Dahl '61 (1988)
  • Patricia Bannan Cruden '40 (1987)
  • Patricia Sweeney Jackson '36 (1986)
  • Iris Campodonico Pera '58 (1985)
  • Catherine Geary Sweeny '39 (1984)
  • Alicia McEvoy '28 (1983)
  • Geraldine Mulcahy '28 (1983)
  • Sister M. Patricia Lyons, O.P. '37 (1982)

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Established in 1995, this award recognizes alumni who exemplify the Dominican values of study, community, reflection and service through significant contributions to their professional fields and consistent service to the University.

Nominations for the 2019-20 Alumni Achievement Awards are now closed. Please join us at Reunion 2020 as we celebrate the winners. 

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Pianist and Steinway Artist Dr. Julie Jordan ’75 is the founder and artistic director of the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. Nurturing the talent of other musicians through her Julie Jordan Presents series, she has sponsored the debuts of international soloists from leading conservatories and universities in venues such as Carnegie Hall, as well as salon settings and churches throughout New York City. A key focus of Jordan’s work is creating performance opportunities for all levels of musicians, from virtuoso music students and young artists to professional musicians and conductors. A faculty member of The Juilliard School from 1985-2015, Jordan created the popular masterclasses The Piano Concerto and Solo and Collaborative Piano.
 

  • Theodore “Skip” Kniesche '91 (2019)
  • Jennifer Morrissey '88 (2018)
  • Maureen Sedonaen '08 (2017)
  • Major General Angela Salinas '76 (2016)
  • Mary Jane Burke '74 (2015)
  • Sister Gervaise Valpey '61 (2014)
  • Sarah “Sally” Duque ’51 (1999)
  • Elizabeth Devereaux ‘64 (1999)
  • Ms. Kathleen Lyons Tierney ’67 (1998)
  • Sister M. Martin Barry, O.P., ’25 (1998)
  • Rose Anne Campbell ’87 (1997)
  • Signe Pollack Sugiyama ‘84, MA ’87 (1997)
  • Hollie Selfridge, ’94 (1997)
  • Jesus Campos, ’92 (1997)
  • Laurie Lynch Meyer, ’69 (1997)
  • Louis A. Botto, MM ’77 (1997)
  • Leslie Ross ‘78 (1996)
  • Heidi Price ’85 (1996)
  • Patricia Garbarino ‘77 BA Education ‘78 Credential #1 & #2 ‘81 MS ‘83 (1996)
  • Teresa D. Campos ’87 (1996)
  • Paul Douglas Maxwell ‘73 (1996)
  • Xiangjie Luo ‘90 MBA (1996)
  • Eileen Bach-y-Rita ’78 (1996)
  • Virginia Formichi ’46 (1996)
  • Edward Cunningham MA ’66 (1996)
  • Marvell C. Allen '70 (1995)
  • Mark A. Jordan 1975 (1995)
  • Mary Jane Burke '74, MA '76 (1995)
  • Patricia M. Grasso MS '82 (1995)
  • Idgi R. D’Andrea '79 (1995)
  • Gay Lynn Bremer-Richards '87 (1995)
  • Peggy Glockner Hartshorn '69 (1995)
  • Kathryn Wilen Hobart 75 (1995)
  • Theodosia S. Robertson '67 (1995)
  • Barry Caparoso '76 (1995)
  • Meg Caparoso '75 (1995)

Sister M. Aquinas Nimitz, O.P. Distinguished Service Award

Established in 2006 in recognition of Sister M. Aquinas Nimitz’s 42 years of service to the university, this award honors those who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service, commitment and dedication to all members of the Dominican community.

Nominations for the 2019-20 Alumni Achievement Awards are now closed. Please join us at Reunion 2020 as we celebrate the winners. 

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The founding director and former chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Ruth Ramsey built the program from the ground up in 1996, leading it through three successful national accreditations and transitioning it from an undergraduate to a graduate program. Respected by students and colleagues for her ability to forge working relationships with a variety of local partners, Dean Ramsey is responsible for raising the profile of Dominican’s allied health programs and opening pathways with local agencies that fill needs in our community while preparing students for real world practice. She was appointed Dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences in 2017.
 

  • Michael Henkes (2019)
  • Dr. Margaret Golden (2018)
  • Willie Long (2017)
  • Paul Raccanello '96 (2016)
  • LeeAnn Bartolini '79 (2015)
  • Robin Daly (2013)
  • Sr. Marie Sagues '51 (2013)
  • Dr. John F. Kennedy (2012)
  • Dr. James Deitz (2012)
  • Dr. Joseph R. Fink (2011)
  • Dr. Sherry Volk (2010)
  • Dr. Francoise Lepage (2010)
  • Sr. Carla Kovack '69 (2009)
  • Fr. Robert Haberman (2009)
  • Dr. Philip Novak (2008)
  • Mary Jane Baird (2008)
  • Dr. Denise Lucy (2007)
  • Claire Cumings (2007)
  • Dr. James Boitano (2006)
  • Maria McKinney (2006)

Outstanding Recent Graduate

This award recognizes Dominican alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years. Honorees exemplify our values of study, community, reflection and service through their work in their communities, professions and other endeavors.

Nominations for the 2019-20 Alumni Achievement Awards are now closed. Please join us at Reunion 2020 as we celebrate the winners. 

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Casey Lee Thorne ’10 is the founder and artistic director of Inside Out Contemporary Ballet and an assistant professor of dance at Southern Utah University. Thorne was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Israel in 2014-2015, where she conducted a dance outreach program called If I Were You – Project Israel, part of a long-term international exploration that enlists the personal experiences and voices of global citizens to illuminate how dance can connect our shared humanity. She has danced professionally with American Repertory Ballet in Princeton NJ, Oakland Ballet, Ars Minerva Opera, and James Graham Dance Theatre.

  • Adrienne Jose '13 (2019)
  • Oscar O'Con Jr. '17 (2019)
  • Darcel Sanders '09 (2018)
  • Maureen "Mo" de Nieva-Marsh '07 (2017)
  • Gigi Gillard '06 & '07 MBA (2016)
  • Gabrielle Pecora '11 (2015)
  • Valerie Jane Chua '08 (2015)