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Reunion Awards

Tell us about a Bennie who inspires you! We're accepting 2016 Reunion Award nominations now through Monday, Oct. 12 via the brief, online form for alums from classes ending in 1s or 6s.

Each year, the CSB Alumnae Board, on behalf of College of Saint Benedict, presents Reunion Awards to four outstanding alumnae from reunion years whose daily lives reflect and honor the Benedictine tradition and mission of our alma mater. Descriptions of the four awards - S. Emmanuel Renner Service Award, Distinguished Alumna Award, Decade Award and the Benedictine Service Award - are listed below.

2015 Reunion Award Winners

S. Emmanuel Renner Service Award honors an alumna for her service to the College of Saint Benedict and recognizes her contributions as a leader, steward and volunteer to her alma mater.

Alumnae Profile: "Lori Helmer '85 was born running in September 1963. "'Less than 10 minutes in the delivery room, and she never slowed down,'" remembers her mother, Dori. Her family and friends agree that's part of who Lori was -she never slowed down and was always determined to succeed ...." [read full profile]

* This award will be given posthumously.

Lori Helmer '85*
Denise DeVaan

Distinguished Alumna Award honors an alumna who has distinguished herself for outstanding achievements in her chosen profession and has made a lasting contribution in her field as a role model and leader for all alumnae.

Alumnae Profile: "Dorothy Day was an iconic figure - as a Catholic and pioneering leader in the struggle for social justice. For Denise DeVaan '75, Dorothy Day was a champion and, for one impactful January in 1974, a mentor ...." [read full profile]

Denise DeVaan '75

Benedictine Service Award honors an alumna who has made a significant impact on those around her for her continued commitment and contributions to community service and social justice at a regional, national or international level. Also demonstrates a commitment to the Benedictine spirit of giving hospitality, love of others, listening and social stewardship.

Alumnae Profile: "Tina Seslija '10 has embraced her position as project manager with Mozaik Foundation, a non-profit which has become a major agent for change in her home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina ...." [read full profile]

Kristina (Tina) Seslija '10

Decade Award honors a 2005 alumna who is recognized by her peers as a great role model and leader for younger alumnae because her outstanding career achievements, representing global consciousness and community involvement in her chosen profession.

Alumnae Profile: Since graduating in 2005, Ellen Hunter Gans '09 has completed her Master of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and her Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics. She has founded a successful consulting business ...." [read full profile]

Ellen Hunter Gans '05