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Alumni Awards Honor Accomplished Alumni and Friends

November 10, 2011

Barbara LeBlanc
College Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7241 

Award winner Marla C. Pascucci-Byrne ’93 with Father Jonathan DeFellice, O.S.B.On Oct. 28, the Alumni Association held its annual awards dinner, honoring alumni and friends whose accomplishments have benefited the college and the community and provided inspiration to others. Recipients of the 2011 Alumni Awards are as follows. To read full citations on each winner, please see the Alumni Awards page.

John G. and Lucille R. Horton: Parents Award
John and Lucille Horton raised six children and put all of them through college, four of them at Saint Anselm. They are selfless parents and faith-filled examples of service and commitment whose legacy to Saint Anselm College extends several generations. Besides being the parents of four alumni, they are the grandparents of five graduates or current students and parents-in-law to at least two.

Kevin M. Ryan '94: Humanitarian Award
Kevin Ryan was recognized for his concern and compassion for others. He participated in two Spring Break Alternative trips and was a member of the King Edward Society, which does charitable work on and off campus. When a classmate was seriously injured, Ryan offered emotional and physical support throughout his long recovery, showing the meaning of true friendship and the power of prayer.

Malachy T. Coghlan '72: Alumni Award of Merit
Coghlan works for the Federal Aviation Administration, serving as the coordinator for the Airway Facilities Division's executive staff in the Western pacific Region. He handles labor and employment law, equal employment opportunity cases, and worker's compensation cases, earning praise for his vigilance in the area of anti-discrimination. As a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps, he prepares soldiers for deployment by making sure their legal needs are met and their affairs are in order.

Robert G. Dwyer '65, P'93: Joseph P. Collins '34 Meritorious Service Award
Dwyer's dedication to the Class of 1965 has earned him the title PFL (President for Life). For the 45th class reunion, Dwyer made sure that as many members of the class as possible were personally contacted and invited. As a result, nearly 70 classmates attended and made pledges of almost $48,000 for the college. Dwyer accepted the award on behalf of the Class of 1965.

John P. Gallivan '01: Young Alumni Service Award
After his wife received a stem cell transplant as part of treatment for leukemia, Gallivan spearheaded the passage of a bill in the Connecticut Legislature requiring insurance companies to cover the cost of bone marrow testing. This bill helps increase the number of donors in the international bone marrow registry, which improves the likelihood of finding matches for individuals with leukemia.

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon '78: Health Services Award
Lisa Kennedy Sheldon is an oncology nurse, researcher, and professor. Besides caring for patients, she teaches students at the UMass Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences to become the best in their profession. Her research contributes knowledge to the health sciences field, primarily in the area of patient-provider communication. Kennedy Sheldon also volunteers her services to poor people in Honduras.

Marla C. Pascucci-Byrne '93: John F. Barry Spirit of Saint Anselm College Award
Marla Pascucci-Byrne is an outstanding educator who has always kept the academic and spiritual lessons learned at Saint Anselm College close to her heart. As an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher at Austin Prep, she encourages many students to visit and apply to Saint Anselm.

Vincent M. Colapietro '73: Academic Achievement Award
Colapietro is a liberal arts research professor in the Department of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, where his principal area of research is classical American pragmatism. He has published widely; co-edited the Journal of Speculative Philosophy; and led such organizations as the Metaphysical Society and the Semiotic Society of America.