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Honors & Awards
Celebrating Student Achievement
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Coeur de Catherine, Rauenhorst Hall
Each year St. Catherine University hosts the Honors and Awards Ceremony, one of the University’s major year-end celebrations, to honor student achievement in academics and leadership. The event begins with a reception that includes displays highlighting student award winners’ accomplishments. This is followed by a formal program, which allows individual departments and the University as a whole to present awards recognizing student achievement.
Among the many honors bestowed at the ceremony, the University recognizes students through the All-College Awards. These awards recognize the contributions of students to the co-curricular and academic life at St. Kate’s, their growth in leadership roles, and their involvement in campus life.
All-College Student Leadership Awards
Mary E. McCahill Award
The Mary E. McCahill Award was established in 1959 by Eugene McCahill, a long-time friend of the University and a past member of the Board of Trustees. He established the award as a memorial to his mother, a friend of the University's first dean and president, Mother Antonia McHugh. This award, which has come to be recognized as the University’s most prestigious, is presented to the senior who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership, loyalty, and service to the University throughout her years here.
Re-Entry Adult Student Leadership Award
A Re-Entry Adult student is a woman who has postponed entering college, or is returning to college as a registered student in the day program at St. Catherine University. She may be seeking a first or subsequent degree, or attending college for the purpose of self-enrichment. A Re-Entry Adult student is approximately (but not exclusively) 23 years of age or older upon enrollment. The Re-Entry Adult Student Leadership Award is presented to a Re-Entry student in any class who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to her peers and to the University, and who has been an advocate for the strengths and development of women of all ages.
Mary Alice Muellerleile Student Leadership Award
The Mary Alice Muellerleile Student Leadership Award was created in 1982 and first awarded in 1983. The award is named in honor of Mary Alice Muellerleile, the Director of Continuing Education at CSC from 1977 to 1979 and one of the original planners of Weekend College. After the program won approval in 1979, Mary Alice Muellerleile served as Weekend College’s first Director from 1979 to 1982. This award is presented to a Weekend College student in any class who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to her peers and to the University, and who has been an advocate of the strengths and development of women of all ages.
Thomas More Award
The Thomas More Award is presented to students in any class who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to the University, integrity, and have promoted campus community spirit. These students may have made a major contribution to a particular organization, department, program or issue, or may have consistently contributed to a broad range of activities.
Dean of Students Award
The Dean of Students Award is presented to a senior who has made an outstanding contribution toward the accomplishment of the University’s mission throughout her years at St. Catherine’s.
Helen B. Lemmer Memorial Award in Honor of Mother Antonia McHugh
The Helen B. Lemmer Memorial Award in Honor of Mother Antonia McHugh was established by the American Association of University Professors, College of St. Catherine chapter, and endowed by family and friends of Helen B. Lemmer to award and recognize a student who exemplifies the ideals of Mother Antonia McHugh, the University’s first president.
In 1973, seeking an appropriate way to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Mother Antonia McHugh, a founder and first president of the College of St. Catherine, the College chapter of the American Association of University Professors decided to establish a student honor to be awarded annually at the Honors and Awards Convocation. Charles Buzicky, chapter president, proposed that a cash award be given to a student of high academic achievement who is intending to pursue a career in college or university teaching, someone Mother Antonia might have wished to encourage to join her faculty. The focus on teaching, especially in a liberal arts setting, was a paramount consideration. A thorough selection process, including personal interviews of the candidates, was deemed essential. The award, then known as the Mother Antonia McHugh Award, was first presented in the centennial year of her birth, 1973. A testimonial to the care and discernment with which the award recipients have been chosen is to be found in the considerable number of college teachers who have emerged.
Over the years the award received strong support from St. Kate's faculty. There was no more enthusiastic faculty supporter of the award or more willing participant in its selection process than Helen B. Lemmer, a professor the Physical Education Department and herself an alumna of the College. She endeavored to do all she could to make everything about the award special. Helen’s untimely death in 1990 afforded an opportunity to enhance further the value of the award. Dr. Charles Buzicky proposed to the executors of Helen’s estate that a splendid and fitting way to honor Professor Lemmer’s memory would be to set up an endowment to support the Mother Antonia McHugh Award. This suggestion was gratefully accepted and the award has become known as the Helen B. Lemmer Memorial Award in Honor of Mother Antonia McHugh.