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President William Hynes congratulates Alumni Award  recipient John Allen ’89.

December 2007

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Alumni Awards boast new recipients

A select group of alumni who exemplify the values of St. Norbert College in their everyday lives were honored at the recent Alumni Awards dinner.

President William Hynes and Patrick Kelly ’77, chair of the board of trustees, presided over the evening’s ceremony. Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer ’77, director of alumni and parent relations, presented the awards to the seven recipients. (A click on any of the names listed will take you to a full profile.)

Lana Fuentes-Krummen ’01 received a Young Alumni Service Award for her dedication to helping others. Fuentes-Krummen became involved in faith-related activities that led her to teaching religious education, volunteering for the Diocese of Green Bay, and developing the peace and justice minor at St. Norbert. She currently resides in Georgia with her husband, José Fuentes, and their two-year-old daughter, Carmen.

Also receiving a Young Alumni Service Award was Elizabeth Raven Juern ’97. She and her husband, Chris, along with their children, Ellison, Mary Jane and Lily, live in Colgate, Wis. Juern has been associate manager for the American Diabetes Association in Milwaukee since 2005. There she promotes ways in which volunteer centers and companies can work together for the same cause.

Distinguished Achievement Awards in Humanities went to John Allen ’89 and Kathleen Helz Kueht ’68.

Allen has taught at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Waukesha, Marquette University and Milwaukee Area Technical College. Allen lives with his wife, Johanna Mattern Allen ’88, in Milwaukee. He helped found the very first homeless shelter in the Green Bay area, and has since published on the problem of homelessness.

Kueht will this month—39 years after graduating from St. Norbert—defend her doctoral dissertation pursuant to receiving her Ed.D. in executive leadership, human and organizational learning from George Washington University. A recognized consultant on strategic change, organizational effectiveness and development, Kueht now hopes to publish more, with a focus on change, transformation and resilience in the growing boomer population.

Honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award in Business was Michael Kolloway ’82. His experience with significant commercial business transactions led to his current role as vice president and assistant general counsel for operations and risk management with AECOM. Kolloway is married to Rita (Reilly) ’83, and the couple has two daughters, Laura and Elizabeth. They live in Tinley Park, Ill.

The Right Rev. Gary Neville, O.Praem. ’73, abbot, received the Distinguished Service Award. A teacher for 20 years, he has since served as a canonical consultant for several religious communities, as a matrimonial tribunal judge for the Diocese of Green Bay, as St. Norbert trustee, and on several other boards. In 2006, he was elected first definitor of the Norbertine order, a position that made him, in effect, second in command to the world-wide order.

Claude Gagnon ’53 received the Alma Mater Award for his work in Haiti, where he has developed three elementary schools and recruited volunteers to aid in one of the country’s poorest areas. An article on Gagnon’s work will appear in an upcoming issue of the St. Norbert College Magazine. 

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