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St. Norbert College honors alumni award recipients

From St. Norbert College, October 17, 2006
by Jordan Vater,, (920) 403-3089

The 2006 Alumni Award recipients were honored at a banquet Thursday, Oct. 12 by the St. Norbert College Board of Trustees, Alumni Board and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. The awards are given each year to honor alumni accomplishments that exemplify St. Norbert College's goal to serve others.

Abbie Daigle (2002) and John Dols (1996) received the Young Alumni Award for service by an alumnus that has graduated within the past ten years. Daigle is currently volunteering in Philadelphia and running a soup kitchen, thrift store and women's center.

Dols, a religious studies major, has devoted his life to the classroom as a religion teacher. He was awarded the 2004 Mizer Award for Excellence in Education and will begin a new position as Dean of Students at a Catholic high school in the Minneapolis area this fall.

The Distinguished Achievement Award was presented to Kate Hogan (1984) in business, Robert Hsiung (1956) for humanities and Victor Kopidlansky (1956) for humanities. Hogan has been the director of retail operations for the Green Bay Packers the past 14 years, helping to increase the team's sales from $350,000 to over $17 million. The NFL itself has cited the Packers' Pro Shop as a superior model for club retail and marketing under Hogan's direction.

Hsiung remains active in his area of study, architecture, by volunteer teaching at the Boston Architectural College's thesis and design studio. In 2006, he received the Boston Society of Architects Fellows Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Kopidlansky, an international attorney, is a member of the President's Club at St. Norbert College and he was inducted as a Golden Knight on Sunday, Oct. 15, having served as a member of the President's Task Force in Chicago.

Philip Hendrickson was honored with the Service to the College Award for his contributions to the school's scholarship fund and work as a trustee and past chairman of the board of trustees.

Thomas Roovers (1966) received the Alma Mater Award for establishing the Helping Hands organization which coordinates shipments of materials and supplies to Jamaica as well as schedules multiple mission trips each year, constructing houses, schools, medical clinics and providing medical care to the needy.

For more information on the award recipients, contact Tracy C. Boyd at (920) 403-3021 or, or visit the alumni web site at