President Larry Goodwin presented the 2014 Young Alumni Award to Christopher Rubesch '08 on Oct. 3, during Homecoming Week.
The award, established in 2008, honors an alum under age 40 who has demonstrated high levels of achievement early in his or her chosen career or profession, supports the College and has demonstrated a commitment to living out our Benedictine values through service to the community.
Rubesch's degree from the College is a B.A. in Humanities; he is now enrolled in the St. Scholastica Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program and plans to focus on public health issues in his career.
He was a member of the Saints cross country, track, and ski teams. He is an ultra-marathoner and the vice president of the Upper Midwest Trail Runners, an organization that supports and conducts running activities and protects and supports local trails and parks.
He generously supports disenfranchised residents of the Duluth area. He is a founding member of DuluthQ, a group that promotes community discussion and action related to social justice issues which impact the Duluth area. He serves on the Board of CHUM and is the youngest member.
His interests are also global. He is a co-founder and board member of the Basa Village Foundation, which helps rural Nepalese residents accomplish self-determined projects.
"Chris lives his life enthusiastically with strong commitments," said Lisa Roseth, executive director of Alumni Relations. And yet, she noted, "He lives his beliefs in a quiet, unassuming manner."