The 2017 Alumni Awards, held April 8, celebrated the extraordinary work and service of six of Catholic University’s most distinguished alumni.
The Alumni Achievement Award was bestowed on three alums — Vinny Sica, B.M.E. ’83; Ellen Schultz, B.A. ’92; and Fr. Dave Dwyer, M.Div ’00 — who have excelled in their respective fields. The Young Alumni Merit Award, recognizing an alum who demonstrates both early career achievement and potential was presented to J. Peter Donald, B.A. ’10. Maureen Devine O’Reilly and Brendan O’Reilly, both B.A. ’87, jointly received the George J. Quinn ’50 Distinguished Service Award for committed service to the Alumni Association.
That evening, keynote speaker and honoree Gary Sinise accepted the Association’s highest honor award — the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal for meritorious service to the Church, the nation, or the University. Sinise was accompanied by his daughter, Ella, B.A. 2014.
In his remarks, Sinise who played the iconic Lt. Dan in the movie Forrest Gump, described how he found inspiration and a deep connection to disabled American veterans through this experience. His ongoing work through the Gary Sinise Foundation is dedicated to the service and honor of our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, and their families.
The evening’s festivities began with Mass celebrated by honoree Fr. Dave Dwyer. Siobhan Fallon Hogan, M.F.A. ’85 and 2012 Alumni Achievement Award recipient, served as the evening’s emcee. Carrie Grundmayer, B.A. ’96, Alumni Association president, welcomed the guests, and President John Garvey gave the evening’s closing remarks. Students from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music provided the evening’s entertainment.
To learn most about the alumni awards and see complete lists of awardees, visit the links below.