Celebration of Excellence


Thank you!

To view the highlight video please click: Celebration of Excellence Gala Highlights Video 

Saint Mary's University is profoundly grateful for your participation with the Brother Charles Severin Celebration of Excellence Gala.  It was a wonderful evening to bring together alumni, friends, faculty, community leaders and supporters of the university. It was with your participation that we were able to honor our heritage and position the university to reclaim its standing as a leader in science education and preparation. 

It was a pleasure spending this wonderful evening with you at the beautiful Union League Club of Chicago.  We hope you enjoyed the event and had an opportunity to view the works and achievements of our students and faculty. 

Thank you again for being a part of the Celebration of Excellence Gala.   It is with your support that we are positioned to embark on a new vision for science excellence in the 21st century at Saint Mary's University.

Below is a quote from Tom Skilling, recipient of the Honorary Doctorate from Saint Mary's University, that captures the experience of the evening:

"Good Monday all! I had the privilege of joining Chicago area alumni, faculty members and students of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota at the school's Celebration of Excellence held at the beautiful Union League Club in downtown Chicago. The program honored exceptional alumni and community leaders and promoted science education at Saint Mary's as the university enters its second century. Saint Mary's Medal for Outstanding Merit was awarded to 1947 Saint Mary's alumnus Dr. Robert Dolehide for a lifetime of achievements and featured the research work of some of the school's outstanding students.What a wonderful gathering and chance to meet and visit with Saint Mary's alumni. We have so many of Saint Marry's alumni in the Chicago area. Among them is John McDonough of the Blackhawks and Walter E. Smithe and his brothers, all of whom are Saint Mary's alum! I was presented an honorary Doctor of Science degree (my word - what an honor!!) and was asked to speak on a subject which is near and dear to my heart-science education and the need for science literacy in our world today. The weekend was extraordinary! I can't begin to thank all I had the pleasure to meet there for a weekend of memories and wonderful conversations. My thanks to all at Saint Mary's who made this happen and who invited me to participate." - Tom Skilling

Support of the Vision for Science Excellence at Saint Mary's University Today!
For those of you who are interested in making a contribution to the Vision for Science Excellence at Saint Mary's University, please know there is still time. Below you will find a link to the Science Initiative pledge form and naming opportunities document. For more information, please contact the Saint Mary's development office at (507) 457-6647.

Science Initiative Commitment Form

Science Initiative Naming Opportunities

Brother Charles Severin Celebration of Excellence Leadership

Honorary Chairs
Dr. Samuel Cascio '48
Dr. Eugene McEnery '53

Celebration of Excellence Co-Chairs:
Dr. John Domanico '77 & Joan (Fallon) Domanico CST'78
Dr. James R. Dolan '79 & Anne (Lock) Dolan '79

Leadership Committee
Nancy Lorenz Cassato '76
Skip Cassato '75
William Figel '76
Joseph Hettinger '87
Frank Howard '76
Audrey Kintzi
Deborah Cantieri Kolb '77
Sarah McDonough '11
Dr. John O'Connell '80
Anthony Piscitiello '69, M'82
Lori Nelson Quinn '80
Janet Mongoven Rapp '77
Adam Stasica '07, M'11
Joseph Sweeney '81
David Tibble '96
Dr. Ann O'Connor Trauscht '77
Dr. Robert Trauscht '76


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