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Saint Mary’s presents Student Life Awards to students, faculty, staff

WINONA, Minn. (May – Saint Mary’s University recognized outstanding students, faculty, and staff April 17 at the Student Life Awards Ceremony. Individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service through cocurricular activities at Saint Mary’s were recognized.

Awards included:

Brother Finbar McMullen Award (presented to a Saint Mary’s community member who unselfishly meets the needs of the undergraduate students of Saint Mary’s) – Nazeer Zerka of Minnesota City, Minn., counselor in the Wellness Center

Charlene “Char” Tjaden Outstanding Resident Assistant Award – Mathew Vasilj ’18, son of Lisa Vasilj of Holdingford, Minn.

Intramural Official of the Year – Anthony Pasquesi ’21

Cardinal Pride Award – Clare Tack ’18, daughter of Paul and Michelle Tack of Saint Charles, Ill.

Student-Athlete Champion Award – Brett Bodsgard of Winona, associate chemistry professor

Environmental Awareness Award – Ben Borash ’20, son of Ronald and Ann Borash of Bowlus, Minn.

Club/Organization of the Year – Student Activities Committee, accepted by Brian Bansley ’18, president, son of Mary Bansley of Chicago, Ill.

Outstanding Student Senator of the Year Award – Jessica Cwik ’18, daughter of Susan Zwick of Chicago, Ill.

Club and Organization Adviser of the Year – Mike Ostman of Winona, director of Student Activities

Winona Community Service Award – Gloria Kranenburg ’18, daughter of David and Gina Kranenburg of Woodstock, Ill.

Brother James Miller Award (presented to a student who has dedicated his/her college experience to promoting the legacy of Brother James Miller, spreading the compassion of God, and continually serving the community) – Chris Lackey ’18, son of Dawn Lackey of Union Grove, Wis.

Brother Charlie Burke Award (presented to a faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to the Student Life Office. This individual has promoted the growth of the whole student through ethical service, dedication to creating developmental relationships, and desire to promote lifelong learning) – Dr. Elizabeth Seebach of Winona, associate professor and psychology department chair

Student Service Award – Jake Mencacci ’18, son of Warren and Shelly Mencacci of Terrell, Texas

To see photos from this event, go to https://plus.google.com/photos/102361482231167766249/album/6548793907314685665?authkey=CNn3nre34-m1Og.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom-whether in person or online-a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at smumn.edu.

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Dean of Students Charissa Jakusz, left, presents the Brother Finbar McMullen Award to Nazeer Zerka.


Director of Residence Life Nathan Wagar, left, presents the Charlene “Char” Tjaden Outstanding Resident Assistant Award to Mathew Vasilj.


Athletic Director Nikki Fennern, left, presents the Student-Athlete Champion Award to Brett Bodsgard.


Hall Director Colin Norris, left, presents the Environmental Awareness Award to Ben Borash.


Director of Student Activities Mike Ostman, left, presents the Club/Organization of the Year Award to students Brian Bansley, Kamila Kuchta, and Grace Sharp-Madson.


Director of Student Activities Mike Ostman, left, receives the Club and Organization Adviser of the Year Award from Student Activities President Brian Bansley.


Kristen Rotz of Campus Ministry, left, presents the Winona Community Service Award to Gloria Kranenburg.


Director of Campus Ministry Colleen Dunne, left, presents the Brother James Miller Award to Chris Lackey.


Vice President for Mission and Student Life Dr. Timothy Gossen, left, presents the Brother Charlie Burke Award to Dr. Elizabeth Seebach.


Vice President for Mission and Student Life Dr. Timothy Gossen, left, presents the Student Service Award to Jake Mencacci.