The University of St. Thomas

Humanitarian Award

In service of others.

Humanitarian Award: This award recognizes an alumnus or alumna for contributions to the betterment of the spiritual and material welfare of the less fortunate. Since 1968, the Alumni Association has honored an individual each year for their extraordinary contributions.

The award is presented at the annually with the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, Monsignor James Lavin Award, Professor of the Year, and Tommie Award. The 2015 awards will be presented at the St. Thomas Day Dinner on May 6, 2015.

Know an alumnus/alumna that is deserving of an award? Click here to submit a nomination.

2015 Award Recipient
Mark Lacek '88 M.B.A.

Lacek is best known for co-founding, with his wife, Susan, Faith's Lodge, an 80-acre retreat in northwest Wisconsin where families who have lost a child or have a child with a life-threatening illness can retreat, reflect and renew their hope with families in a similar situation.
2014 Award Recipient
2014 Award Recipient
Sondra L. Elizondo '92

Sondra Elizondo helps pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-veterinary college students work with local doctors, translators and guides in underserved, remote areas of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras.    

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2013 Award Recipient
2013 Award Recipient
Charles S. Lugemwa ’03 M.S.S.E.

Charles Lugemwa is very grateful for his St. Thomas education and is using it to help improve health-care services in his native Uganda.

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2012 Award Recipient
2012 Award Recipient
Dr. Gordon Klatt ’64

Dr. Klatt is a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Wash. In 1985, as the lone participant, he created what today is the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser, which takes place nationwide and around the world each year.

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2011 Award Recipient
2011 Award Recipient
Ryan Schlief '97

Ryan Schlief works as the Asia coordinator for Witness, an international human-rights organization that provides video equipment, training, and media advice to help groups around the world advance local human-rights campaigns.

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2010 Award Recipient
2010 Award Recipient
Dr. Mary Crowley McDonald '87

McDonald received a master’s degree from St. Thomas in 1987, and led the revitalization of inner-city Catholic schools in Memphis as superintendent of the diocesan Catholic schools.

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2009 Award Recipient
2009 Award Recipient
Daniel Saad ’85, ’91

Founded the Safe Haven Shelter for Youth in Prior Lake for young adults who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

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To see past award recipients click here.

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