Alumni Awards

 Each year, awards presented on behalf of the Alumni Association are given to outstanding alumni and a faculty or staff member of The College of St. Scholastica. These awards are particularly prestigious because alumni embody the enduring values of The College of St. Scholastica and impart them to our world through their personal and professional activities and relationships. Recognition by alumni is the highest award the College can give.

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The Awards

Sister Ann Edward Scanlon Award

Sister Ann Edwards

The Sister Ann Edward Scanlon Award is given to an alumna/alumnus who like its namesake:

  •  demonstrates an exceptional level of commitment to the College 
  •  shows outstanding dedication in working to improve his/her community

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Linda Wick ’84

Meet the Winner of the 2013 Sister Ann Edward Scanlon Award

Linda Wick earned her baccalaureate degree in nursing from the College, and her MS in nursing from the University of Minnesota (1994). In 1995 she was one of the first Nurse Practitioners hired at the Duluth Clinic, now Essentia. She was the first clinical education coordinator for the Duluth Clinic, setting up a process to place Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant students into clinical rotations at Essentia. Linda has mentored countless students, and is a guest lecturer for St. Scholastica. She now manages the nationally recognized Heart Failure program at Essentia, helping patients to radically decrease hospitalization and emergency room visits. The program also provides education to organizations nationwide. She is active in the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, serving on its annual committee board. Linda is also involved with the College through her family: husband Mark is the hockey coach and two of her three children attend college here. Every Thanksgiving, Linda and Mark host the entire hockey team for dinner!

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Sister Alice Lamb Award

Sister Alice Lamb

The Sister Alice Lamb Award is a career achievement award given to an alumna/alumnus who:

  •   is well-established in his/her professional career
  •   has contributed significantly to her/his profession
  •  has maintained a life-long commitment to The College

About Sister Alice Lamb: Sister Alice Lamb was associated with the College for 52 years before her death in 1983. She was a professor and head of the Biology Department and later academic dean of the College. This award in her name recognizes her lifelong commitment to her profession and the College.

Sister Veronica Schweyen ’58Meet the Winner of the 2013 Sister Alice Lamb Award

After graduating from St. Scholastica and teaching in Minnesota for five years, Sister Veronica Schweyen entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 1963. She taught in the Bronx and in Hawaii. She earned her MA in English in 1970 and was sent to Tanzania, where she taught English and Religious Studies, before moving into pastoral ministry. She returned to the U.S. in 1986, working to raise awareness and resources to support the Maryknolls' work in Africa. At this time she also received an advanced degree in pastoral counseling from Fordham University. In 1991 she returned to Tanzania, where she launched an AIDS Outreach program in the Nyakato Parish near Mwanza. The program trained volunteers to become involved in AIDS ministry, and was turned over to local lay administration in 2004. She also worked with women's development, Capacitar, and with an orphans program in Mwanza. She returned to the U.S. in 2010 and now volunteers in the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

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Sister Timothy Kirby Benedictine Spirit

Sr. Timothy Kirby

The Sister Timothy Kirby Benedictine Spirit Award recognizes a graduate of St. Scholastica who:

  • has been a credit to the College by his or her professional achievements
  • exemplifies the Benedictine values of
    • respect for the individual
    • dignity of work
    • stewardship
    • hospitality
    • love of learning

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Dr. Connie Gunderson ’81

Meet the Winner of the 2013 Sister Timothy Kirby Benedictine Spirit Award

Dr. Connie Gunderson has been working to confront violence against women and children since the 1970s, beginning with her work in programs to address sexual abuse and domestic violence in northern Minnesota. As a clinical social worker in Germany, she helped create and implement treatment programs to address the needs of substance-abusing and traumatized girls and women. She received her doctorate from the University of Bremen in Germany. Her dissertation explored the challenges and opportunities facing service providers addressing the problem of human trafficking in Northern Germany. She has extensively researched human trafficking in collaboration with the European Union. She was an instructor and researcher at HAWK University of Applied Sciences, Hildesheim, Germany, and at the Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin. She recently moved back to Duluth and is now the Family Resource Manager at Amberwing: Center for Youth & Family Well-Being, where she offers support and education to families.

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Scholastica Inspiration Award

Strength, Providence, Wisdom and Rebirth Animal Icons The Scholastica Inspiration Award, established in 1994, honors a faculty or staff person whose interest and care for students made a significant impact on their lives.

Scott Holden '90Meet the Winner of the 2013 Scholastica Inspiration Award

Scott Holden, who double-majored in English and Communications, returned to the College in 2006 to join the staff as the Collections Coordinator. He is responsible for collecting all past due account receivables and serves as administrator of the Perkins and Nursing loan funds. He performs a difficult job with sensitivity and compassion. His nominator wrote, "The greatest impact that Scott has is by exemplifying the Benedictine values in all that he does. He deals with students who have become delinquent with their debts, and yet treats them with such a high degree of respect... He seeks to educate the students as to the responsibility that we all have to fulfill our obligations, as well as the value of hard work and being wise stewards of resources." Scott's hospitality and generosity also extend to his colleagues and to all in the St. Scholastica community. As a former student writes, Scott is "an example of how one should take the great blessings received at CSS and influence the world."

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Young Alumni Achievement Award

CSS Alumni AssociationThis award presented Homecoming Weekend, honors an alumnus or alumna who:

  • is under 40 years of age
  • demonstrates a high level of achievement early in his or her career
  • shows support of the College
  • lives out the Benedictine values through service to others

Kenny KolquistMeet the Winner of the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award

Kenny Kolquist '05 graduated with a B.A. majoring in Applied Economics and minoring in Philosophy. After graduation, Kenny worked as an estate planner and financial advisor for Urshan Retirement Group before joining AdvisorNet Financial as one of their youngest financial advisors. In 2012, Kenny was named in the Duluth News Tribune's "20 under 40."

In spite of this demanding position, Kenny has remained active at CSS. He volunteers as an Assistant baseball coach, is the President of the John Baggs Memorial Scholarship, mentors students who are seeking to establish careers in finance, and participates in networking opportunities like "Saints Helping Saints."

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