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  • Alumni Honored During Homecoming 2019

    October 15, 2019

    STEUBENVILLE, OHIO — Franciscan University honored seven alumni at the 31st Annual Alumni Awards Banquet on October 5 during Homecoming Weekend. Tom Clasby ’95, Alumni Board president, presented the awards with a lightheartedness echoed by the recipients and University President Father Dave Pivonka, TOR.


    Remarks from the Alumni Awards Banquet

     


    Andrew Bremberg ’01 received the Father Dan Egan Award in absentia for championing numerous pro-life policies and addressing the country’s opioid epidemic in his role on the White House staff as assistant to the president and director of the Domestic Policy Council. Bremberg also worked in the Department of Health and Human Services as the senior advisor and chief of staff to the assistant secretary for Public Health during the George W. Bush administration. In September 2018, Bremberg was nominated ambassador to the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva, his confirmation by the Senate is pending.

    Theresa (Fischer ’80 MSA ’07) Danaher, principal of Bishop Mussio Elementary School, received the Rose DeFede Faithful Franciscan Award for her volunteer service on the Alumni Board and for being “a constant source of encouragement and help to Franciscan’s education majors.”

    “I was never one to want to go away from home, and not only did I go away but I stayed and that decision has radically changed my life,” Danaher said. “[Franciscan] is a university that’s a gift to this local area. It put me on a path of lifelong service in Catholic education, so I’m grateful.”

    Daniel Flynn ’02, principal of St. Jerome Academy in Maryland, received the Dr. John Carrigg Award for his commitment to authentically Catholic education and student formation.

    Though he never took a history class from the legendary Carrigg, Flynn recounted the time Carrigg showed up at the cafeteria and asked Flynn and a few other guys to move a piano down an outdoor staircase into a basement in the pouring rain.

    “Everyone was frustrated,” Flynn said, “and Dr. Carrigg opens up the piano and starts playing the piano and singing show tunes like nothing was wrong at all. I remember being struck by the simple joy of a man who could make a moment so beautiful when it was so sour.”

    James Nolan ’99, president of the pro-life organization Crossroads, received the Alumni Citizenship Award for his long-time dedication to spreading the pro-life message across the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, and Spain.

    “We have kids who go on Crossroads who then come to Franciscan because they meet kids who go to Franciscan and they want some of that experience,” he said. “The real reward I’m receiving is the gift [of experience] I got from Franciscan.”

    Dr. Jackie Schabold ’11, a pharmacist at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, accepted the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for her medical mission volunteer work and commitment to children.

    After sharing stories of college pranks, Schabold said, “Franciscan is an excellent environment, it’s a formative environment; it’s everything to me. . . . The academics were rigorous and challenging and completely prepared me for my professional degree.”

    Tobias Schlueter ’96, an equity partner at Ogletree Deakins, accepted the Professor Edward J. Kelly Award for his leadership in the legal profession and his commitment to bringing Catholic teaching to bear on questions of the law.

    Schlueter listed off the philosophy, political science, and literature classes that remain impactful more than 20 years after graduation, but said his biggest takeaway was the faith, family, perseverance, and purpose instilled in him at Franciscan that have defined his path.

    Chris Stefanick ’98, Real Life Catholic founder, received the Bishop John King Mussio Award for his dedication to leading teens to Christ and helping Catholics spread the Gospel in their parishes.

    “I didn’t just learn the intellectual life on this campus. It was a deep dive into that life of Jesus Christ” that he learned in household, marriage to his wife, Natalie (Nelson ’96), and “with a dear mentor, Barbara Morgan, who has recently passed and who I know is praying for this University.”

    He concluded, “There’s something about coming to this place that reminds me who I am. ... You all remind me who I am, and I’m so grateful to you, Father Dave, for the best years ahead at Franciscan University."

     

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