October 23, 2013
College Communications and Marketing
On October 19, the college awarded five graduates of Saint Anselm College Alumni Association Awards. This annual Alumni Awards dinner acknowledges Saint Anselm alumni, faculty, staff, and special friends for their outstanding achievement or contributions to the college, or in their chosen field. Recipients are nominated for the awards and are chosen by the Alumni Council Executive Committee.
Kevin Fitzgerald '00, President of the Alumni Association, and Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of the college, presented the awards, as well as recognizing their success and accomplishments to the audience, which included family, friends, and fellow alumni.
The Alumni Committee awarded Michael Jaillet '91 (pictured, right) the Humanitarian Award for his dedication with MJ's Army, an organization he created after he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. To date, MJ's Army has raised over $100,000 towards the ALS Association and its Texas Chapter, as well as the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
Michael's constant care to help those dealing with ALS proves his kindness and generosity in helping others.
Captain Ann "Darby" Reynolds '61 was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit for her courageous actions in serving as a nurse in Vietnam and being one of four Navy nurses to receive a Purple Heart. She served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years. Mary Jo Majors '69, who is a member of the Alumni Council, was recruited by Reynolds and attended the dinner to show her support.
Professor Paul Finn '73 was awarded the Walter J. Gallo '58 Award for his commitment and dedication to the college. Professor Finn made it clear how honored he was to receive this award after recalling the previous recipients.
Dr. Thomas Van Hoof '88 was awarded the Health Service Award. Receiving a master's degree in education from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and earning his doctorate in educational administration from Columbia University, Dr. Van Hoof showed his passion for learning and teaching. Specializing in psychiatry, Dr. Van Hoof is currently an associate professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, as well as associate professor for the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Dr. Gianpietro Mazzoleni '69 was awarded the Academic Achievement Award for his success in the field of education. Dr. Mazzoleni continued his education at the University of Rome where he received his doctorate in sociology. Dr. Mazzoleni teaches at the University of Milan, where he is a full professor of sociology and political communication.
Written by Kathryn DiCenso '15.