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Franciscan University of Steubenville to recognize eight alumni

September 29, 2012
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - Eight Franciscan University of Steubenville alumni will be honored at the annual Alumni Awards Banquet and Ceremony slated for Friday in the J.C. Williams Center.

A pre-dinner reception begins in the Atrium at 6 p.m., followed by the banquet dinner and ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery.

The event recognizes the professional achievements and service to the church and society of Franciscan alumni for many decades.

The university has announced this year's recipients are:

The Rev. Joseph Meagher, Class of 1984, who is receiving the Bishop John King Mussio Award for his service to the Archdiocese of Newark, his involvement in the Pro-Life movement and his ministry to young adults and diocesan seminarians.

Mary Grace (Kniola) Landrum, Class of 1972, who is receiving the Dr. John J. Carrigg Award for her work with youth of Texas as a teacher and special education specialist and for launching her own consulting company to train educational leaders.

John Henricks, Class of 1991, who is receiving the Alumni Citizenship Award for his work in the public square as past director of government relations for the Family Research Council, and currently in the same position for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bobby Aborn, Class of 2012, and Christi Aborn, Class of 2009, who are receiving the Rose M. DeFede Faithful Franciscan Award for their service to Franciscan University of Steubenville students by acting as household coordinators, mission trip coordinators, marriage preparation assistants, athletic coaches and hosts of the Dinner for Twelve Strangers.

Dr. Adam Berman, Class of 1994, who is receiving the Father Dan Egan Award for his work as an expert cardiologist specializing in complex arrhythmia ablation, and for medical research he is conducting in conjunction with two leading medical centers.

Michael Kehoe, Class of 1968, who is receiving the professor Edward J. Kelly Award for his work in the telecommunications industry, rising to executive levels with AT&T, as well as his involvement with numerous civic, educational, and charitable boards such as the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.

Nate Pollock, Class of 1999, who is receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for graduating at the top of his class from the University of Notre Dame Law School, going on to a successful career in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and authoring numerous legal briefs, two of which have reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

The event costs $30 a person for the reception and dinner, or $10 for the reception alone.

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