Each year, awards presented on behalf of the Alumni Association are given to outstanding alumni and a faculty or staff member of The College of St. Scholastica. These awards are particularly prestigious because alumni embody the enduring values of The College of St. Scholastica and impart them to our world through their personal and professional activities and relationships. Recognition by alumni is the highest award the College can give.
The Sister Ann Edward Scanlon Award is given to an alumna/alumnus who like its namesake:
Deborah (Debbie) MacDonald Fairbanks '72 has worked as a nurse in rural Alaska for more than 30 years. At Bethel Youth Facility, she helps troubled youth overcome addictions, turn from violence, and find new directions. She is also an active volunteer, working to alleviate poverty, and to help provide opportunities for spiritual and professional growth. A long-time supporter of the College, she promotes St. Scholastica in the Alaskan outback, resulting in students coming here from two generations. In the tradition of Sister Ann Edward, she exemplifies the values of hospitality and respect for all.
The Sister Alice Lamb Award is a career achievement award given to an alumna/alumnus who:
About Sister Alice Lamb: Sister Alice Lamb was associated with the College for 52 years before her death in 1983. She was a professor and head of the Biology Department and later academic dean of the College. This award in her name recognizes her lifelong commitment to her profession and the College.
Elsa Jensen Sreenivasam '47 is an award-winning artist known especially for her work in fiber art. She has taught fiber art and design at the University of Kansas and Iowa State University, and continues to teach in Green Valley, AZ. She has also been the curator for numerous art exhibits. An expert on Indian textiles, she founded the Surface Design Association and has done much innovative work to ensure that textile arts receive the recognition that they deserve. Proud of her association with The College, she has us granted permission to use some of her early drawings for cards and other publications.
The Sister Timothy Kirby Benedictine Spirit Award recognizes a graduate of St. Scholastica who:
Dr. Barbara Mishler Ankarlo '91 has had an enormous impact on all whose lives she has touched in her rural Wisconsin medical practice. With extraordinary energy and compassion, she goes beyond the usual care provided by a physician, attending to patients' practical, emotional, and spiritual needs and extending her healing ministry to patients' families, helping them to deal with illness and loss. She has been a mentor to medical students and has worked with disadvantaged youth. Having overcome physical challenges which threatened her own life and the life of her twin boys, she and her husband welcomed three foster children into their family. She truly embodies Benedictine Spirit.
The Scholastica Inspiration Award, established in 1994, honors a faculty or staff person whose interest and care for students made a significant impact on their lives.
Stephanie Sklors '95 has been an active member of The College community for 20 years, first as a student and then working in the Upward Bound program and serving on many committees. In Upward Bound, she helps high school students from low-income families to overcome daunting obstacles in order to prepare for and succeed in college. Stephanie models social responsibility for her students through her own volunteering and by creating opportunities for her students to give back to the community. An alumna of Saints athletics, she exemplifies the best tradition of team participation for students through her involvement in current athletic programs.
This award presented Homecoming Weekend, honors an alumnus or alumna who:
Jordan Rheingans '00 is a board certified Exercise Physiologist, who began his career at Mercy Hospital and now works for Medtronic's Cardiac Division in the Twin Cities. He represents Medtronic at a variety of metro hospitals and works with cardiologists to ensure optimal outcomes for patients receiving pacemakers and other life-saving products. Jordan continues to support The College, especially by giving his time to work with students in the CSS baseball program. He exemplified our Benedictine values through his generous support of his team- and classmates as a student and continues to do so through his professional and personal relationships. In addition, he works to help his family to maintain their family farm.