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.
 

To nominate someone for the Sister M. Patricia Lyons Distinguished Alumni Award please:

Submit a nomination form 

Educating generations of students over a 35-year span, Gloria Sun Hom ’62 distinguished herself as Outstanding Educator of America and Trustee Emeritus for the California State University system, and received the Seal of California in recognition of her years on the California Board of Education.

A former Dominican trustee, she is involved with numerous nonprofit organizations, including Rotary International, the San Jose Historical Museum, Chi Am Circle, the YMCA, and the California Teachers Association. 
 

  • 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.

To nominate someone for the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award please:

Submit a nomination form 

Skip Kniesche ’91 worked in real estate before taking a leap of faith into Dominican’s credential program, which led to a distinguished 27-year career as a teacher and principal. Under his leadership, Kent Middle School received the California Distinguished School designation in 2012-2013 and the Gold Ribbon award from the state of California in 2015-2016. Kniesche has served his community for many years as a school board member, a Little League baseball coach and Boy Scout leader.
 

  • 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)

*Deceased

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.

To nominate someone for the Sister M. Aquinas Nimitz, O.P. Distinguished Service Award please:

Submit a nomination form 

Michael Henkes first joined Dominican College as the grounds manager. During his 25 years of service, he was the primary architect of Domincan’s beautiful campus grounds. Throughout his time at the University, Henkes constantly reflected on what he was called to offer and how he could best serve for the good of all. The campus is his legacy — a place of beauty and peace.
 

  • 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.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award please:

Submit a nomination form 

Adrienne Jose ’13 is a pediatric cardiovascular nurse at Stanford Children's Health—Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and is actively involved with Campus Ministry at Dominican. Diagnosed with MS a few years after graduating from Dominican, she also works as a volunteer to raise funds and awareness for research related to heart disease, strokes and MS. She competes regularly in athletic events such as Tough Mudder and Spartan Races. Her dedication to wellness is an inspiration to many..

Oscar O'Con, Jr. ’17 has always had the desire to help others, whether it was in school, on the soccer field or at work. Now he's serving on a larger scale, protecting those in his community as a San Rafael Police Officer. Known for his courage, compassion and character, O’Con recently received a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International. 
 

  • 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)