At our Founders’ Day convocation this week we honored the Archbishop of New York as well as outstanding seniors, faculty, and staff. Founders’ Day is a highpoint of our annual De La Salle Week activities. During the ceremony, the university bestowed an honorary Doctor of Pastoral Ministry degree on His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan. Dr. Paul Weiner, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics, received the Brother H. Charles Severin College Faculty Award, and Sarah Wanger ’04, M’11, director of outreach for the Graduate School of Education, received the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award.
This year we were pleased to present the Outstanding Female and Male Senior awards to Joseph Budin and Lauren Salonek. Outstanding Seniors demonstrate the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership, and service, and show genuine concern for meeting the needs of others. Joe, the son of Bruce and Colleen Budin of Le Center, Minn., is a Computer Science major with Business and Art minors. Lauren, the daughter of Joel and Tammy Salonek of Watertown, Minn., is a double major in Psychology and Music. The other eight Outstanding Senior finalists included: Theresa LaValla, Janie Maki, Katherine Stolz, Mae Yang, José Castellanos, Bryan Lampkin, Paul Schmitt, and Patrick Sweet. See photos of the event.