Alums & Friends

Alumni Achievement Awards

Launched in 1983, the Alumni Achievement Awards recognizealumni who have been successful in their careers and/or active in church and community service.

The awards are presented annually by the SJU Alumni Association Board of Directors and the university.

Dick Howard ’72

Dick Howard is the personification of a Saint John’s University education, with a contagious enthusiasm for the school and an unending commitment to the Benedictine values. Read more.

David F. Taylor ’72

David F. Taylor contributed to the greater good in countless ways during his 69 years. Read more.

Mark Thiel ’77

Service isn’t just something Mark Thiel does. It’s central to who he is. Read more.

Jim Carey ’82

Jim Carey holds a place among the country’s elite personal injury attorneys and dedicates his legal acumen to elevating his profession and community. Read more.

Kevin “Casey” Eichler ’82

Casey Eichler was one of Saint John’s University’s blazing stars, a brilliant executive with a radiant personality who helped those around him shine a little brighter. Read more.

Tim Gallagher ’87

Balance, discipline and dedication make Tim Gallagher an Iron Man in his commercial insurance career and in his personal life. Read more.

Brian Lenzmeier ’92

Brian Lenzmeier’s dedication to educational excellence is helping Iowa’s Buena Vista University thrive. Read more.

LeRoy Popowski ’97

LeRoy Popowski knows how to go the distance whether he’s racing his bicycle or building his successful optometry practice. Read more.

Joe Koopmeiners ’02

Joe Koopmeiners has distinguished himself as a medical researcher and academic leader. Read more.

Erik Stenberg ’02

A sudden illness took Erik Stenberg’s life in 2018, but his legacy burns infinitely in the students whose lives he changed by listening to and believing in them. Read more.