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.
 

Jean is a tireless advocate for all things Dominican and wears her Penguin Pride for all to see. Jean graduated from Dominican in 1972 with a BA in American Civilization and has been a class representative for decades (one notable role of Jean's was serving on the Alumni Board of Directors). She was a regular volunteer for the annual Dominican Golf Classic and a member of the Penguin Booster Club. She has been known to don the Chilly mascot at athletic events to cheer on her beloved Penguins. She has been instrumental in assisting with our annual bocce tournament, even taking home the trophy now and again. She is one of the catalysts for keeping the bonds of the Class of '72 as strong as they are and has been instrumental in driving the Sr. Marie Sagués O.P. endowed scholarship. Jean embodies the Dominican Ideals and shares them with delight.

 

  • Mary Jane Burke ’74, MS ’76 (2021)
  • Sister Margaret Diener ’70 (2020)
  • 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.

After earning undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and Stanford and working in high tech, Marv Zauderer came to Dominican to learn how to give back. With his master’s in Counseling Psychology, Zauderer launched not only a second career as a licensed psychotherapist but also a third in 2013 as Founder and Executive Director of ExtraFood, a nonprofit whose mission is to help end hunger and wasted food in Marin County. Under Marv’s leadership, ExtraFood has rescued and delivered 5,542,469 pounds of food!

  • Kat Skiles ’07 (2021)
  • Dr. Julie Jordan ’75 (2020)
  • 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.

Service is a core part of who Amy is - she goes above and beyond to serve the Dominican community at every opportunity.  She ensures alumni remain involved in Penguin Athletics long after they graduate and that recent graduates know they always have a home at Dominican. The collaboration and support she provides across campus are unprecedented. Amy promotes the University every chance she gets, is genuinely proud of her students, alumni and staff, and always has a presence at Dominican functions where she lets her #PenguinPride shine. She is always willing to lend a listening ear, provide guidance, and help anyone get to where they want to go.

  • Marly Norris (2021)
  • Dr. Ruth Ramsey (2020)
  • 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.

Jessica is a Registered Nurse at UCSF medical center, where she works in a medical oncology unit that specializes in end-of-life care. She has won The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for her outstanding nursing care and started the first unit-based Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for adult care units. Jessica always goes above and beyond to provide equitable healthcare for patients of color and has already been promoted two times since starting her career five years ago. In her spare time, she coaches youth volleyball.

  • Amiya Powell-Hodge ’11 (2021)
  • Casey Lee Thorne ’10 (2020)
  • 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)