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Mary McCann Sanchez ’79M.A. of Comayagua, Honduras, was on campus in January 2006 to accept the Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Award for her commitment to the poor of Latin America, which she began as a Holy Cross Associate in Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. Sanchez later volunteered for Catholic Relief Services and the U.N. High Commission for Refugees. She is on the advisory board of the Independent Monitoring Team of Honduras, documenting compliance with labor rights and human rights in export processing zones and agrobusiness.

Christine Swanson ’94 and Michael Swanson ’93 were honored in January with the Rev. Arthur S. Harvey, CSC, Award. Mrs. Swanson is writer and director of their production company, Faith Filmworks, Inc.; her husband is president, chief executive officer and producer of their films, through which they strive to create memorable, entertaining and relevant stories with emotional and moral resonance.

Rev. James J. Flanigan, CSC, ‘58, ’63M.A., was given the Rev. Anthony J. Lauck, CSC, Award in January. Flanigan was a student of Father Lauck’s and began his own teaching career at Notre Dame in 1965. His campus works of art include “Blessed Brother Andre” at the south exterior wall of the Eck Center, “Christ the Teacher” in the lawn north of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, and the Stations of the Cross in the Sorin Hall Chapel.

Several awards will be presented at the April 2006 Alumni Senate meeting.

Kenneth L. Woodward ’57 will receive the Rev. Robert F. Griffin, CSC, Award. He was religion editor of Newsweek magazine for 38 years and is now a contributing editor.

Brian Boulac ’63, ’65M.A_. _will be presented the James E. Armstrong Award for distinguished service to Notre Dame. Boulac is assistant athletic director, having devoted four decades to Irish sports programs as player, coach and administrator.

Randy W. Young ‘72 will receive the Family Exemplar Award for his dedication to the Boy Scouts, the Saint Vincent’s Parish community of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and his family. In 1990, Young was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest citizen award.

David Cleary ’63 will receive the William D. Reynolds Award. In the late 1980s, Cleary founded Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia. The programs educate the community, provide direct parent guidance to prevent or stop abuse and neglect, and serve as advocates for children in the community, the legislature and the courts.

Rev. George Rozum, CSC, ‘61, ’80MSA, one of Notre Dame’s longest-serving residence hall rectors, will be honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. Appointed rector of Alumni Hall in 1978, he has resided with and guided the residence life of more than 7,500 men. Previously Rozum was associate pastor of Saint Ignatius, Martyr, Parish in Austin, Texas, where he also served as chaplain at the Texas State School for the Deaf.

And Noreen Keating will be presented the Rev. Louis J. Putz, CSC, Award in recognition of her work while president and chief executive officer of Lighthouse of Oakland County (Michigan), which promotes self-sufficiency while assisting individuals with food, housing, medical needs, educational guidance, occupational training and mentoring. Lighthouse was recognized under her leadership by Crain’s Detroit Business as Southeast Michigan’s best managed nonprofit organization.

Two awards will be presented in June at Reunion ’06. F. Michael Geddes ’61_ will receive the Rev. Edward F. Sorin, CSC, Award for distinguished service to the University. A member of the University Board of Trustees, Geddes sits on the audit, athletic and executive committees. He chairs the Badin Guild and formerly served along with his wife, Sheila, on the advisory council of the Institute for Church Life.

Also, Francis M. Kobayashi,‘47, ’48M.S., ’53Ph.D. will be honored with the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara Award for his service to the University as professor, researcher and administrator. A professor emeritus of aerospace and mechanical engineering, he retired a decade ago as assistant vice president of the Graduate School research division.

In September, Michael O. Read ‘65, Rod West ’90 and Paul Bonitatibus ’71 will be honored with the Richard A. Rosenthal Award for their exemplary activity following Hurricane Katrina. All three are past presidents of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and are New Orleans area residents. Read and Bonitatibus are both executives with Hibernia National Bank (Capital One), and each also has had extensive civic involvement in the New Orleans community and an active role in redevelopment of the city. West has been responsible for rebuilding the city’s power distribution system after the destruction wrought it by Hurricane Katrina in his role of regional manager for distribution operations with New Orleans’ electric utility company, Entergy.

And Terrence E. Sauvain Sr. ’63 will receive the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, CSC, Award. He is minority staff director on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and assistant to its ranking minority member, Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WVa). He served 30 years in the Coast Guard Reserve, rising to the rank of captain.

The Alumni Association bestows 17 awards annually. To learn more about the awards and to nominate someone deserving of recognition, call 574-631-6000 or visit alumni.nd.edu/awards/.

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