Outstanding Seniors Mark Schumacher and Paige Nelles.

Outstanding Seniors Mark Schumacher and Paige Nelles.

De La Salle Week activities at both the Twin Cities and Winona campuses are the most visible and important ways we celebrate our Lasallian Catholic heritage. At our signature Founders’ Day convocation, we took the occasion to honor five outstanding individuals who represent the ideals and philosophies of our founders. (See photos from the day.)

Each year we present awards to outstanding undergraduate male and female seniors who have demonstrated the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Above all, these men and women have shown genuine concern for meeting the needs of others. The Outstanding Male and Female Senior awards were presented to Mark Schumacher, son of Alan and Mary Schumacher of Perham, Minn., and Paige Nelles, daughter of Kandy and Francis Nelles of Saint Michael, Minn. Congratulations to Mark, Paige, and the other award finalists: Caroline Blackwood, Allison Christensen, Anne Colling, Cassandra Ricker, Scott Carnahan, Eric Doyle, Matthew Smaron, and Samuel Vetch.

We presented the Presidential Award for Outstanding Merit to Fatima Said, executive director of Winona’s Project FINE, for her service to immigrants and refugees. We also honored Nikki Richmond, secretary for Campus Ministry, with the Distinguished Lasallian Educator award, and Dr. Joe Tadie, Philosophy Department, with the Bishop Patrick Heffron Award for service to the university.