St. Norbert College honors Alumni Award recipients

From St. Norbert College, October 15, 2012
by Stefanie Trinkl, stefanie.trinkl@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The 2012 Alumni Award recipients were honored at a banquet Friday, 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.

Kevin Krainz, a 2007 graduate, received the Young Alumni Award, which is presented to an alum who graduated from St. Norbert College within the last ten years. After graduation, Krainz volunteered at the Archdiocese of Chicago, where he provided free legal services. He later spent a year in Peru serving as an English teacher and translator, and conducted workshops on civic participation. He is currently a scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he is doing pro bono work related to employment law.

Casey Barrio Minton, a 2000 graduate, was presented the Distinguished Achievement Award in social sciences. Barrio Minton majored in sociology and communications at St. Norbert College, where she volunteered at the Women's Center and the Sexual Assault Center in Green Bay. She received her Ph.D. in counseling from the University of North Carolina and teaches at the University of North Texas. She has received numerous plaudits for her scholarship and teaching, and is engaged in advancing society's ability to help those in need.

Mary Regan, a 1974 graduate, was presented the Distinguished Achievement Award in public service. She began her career as an adolescent care worker in Brown County, Wis., before moving to Illinois to pursue her master's in social work. Among her accomplishments, Regan is currently the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies, chair of the Minnesota Children's Mental Health Partnership and co-chair of Youth Moving Forward.

John Burgoyne, a 1964 graduate, was presented the Alma Mater Award, which is presented to an alum who has demonstrated distinction in his or her chosen field and lives a life reflecting the Norbertine spirit and Christian ideals. Burgoyne was the president and GM of IBM's China operation during the early '90's. During his time in China, he worked to raise employee pay and instill self-respect and dignity among the workforce; he also helped found an interdenominational church. Since retirement, Burgoyne has worked as a volunteer firefighter in Texas and helped battle the worst wildfire in Texas history in April of 2011.

For more information, visit the St. Norbert College alumni website at http://www.snc.edu/alumni/awards.