2017 Alumni Achievement Award


Richard Weening '67

Richard Weening is a philanthropist and visionary entrepreneur who applies his business acumen to develop companies that fill a particular need while building communities and benefiting underserved populations. Weening got his professional start with an impressive political career and then founded his first company in 1972. His subsequent ventures include an online information service and e-commerce platform for farmers, a radio station in the Caribbean that grew to 250 stations in the U.S. and an enterprise software company that built the first internet e-commerce platform for business to business. He is now chairman and CEO of Prolitec, Inc., a scent marketing company with a client list that includes Abercrombie & Fitch, Bed Bath & Beyond and Verizon.

Vic Moore '72

When CSB/SJU students converge on the State Capital each year, they are experiencing Vic Moore’s tireless support of Johnnies and Bennies. Organizing Johnnie/Bennie Day is just one of many ways Moore’s nearly 40 years of experience in Minnesota’s legislative and executive branches benefit CSB/SJU. Moore served as Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe’s chief of staff and then was a lobbyist before joining Franzen & Moore, the legislative consulting firm he co-owns, in 2007. He contributions include sharing his expertise on legislative policy and procedures and state budgetary issues as a mentor through the Eugene McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement and serving on the SJU Alumni Association Board and as president of J-Club, among other contributions, in addition to being highly involved in his community and church.

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Mark Muedeking '77

Mark Muedeking’s legal career is underscored by unwavering integrity and international and domestic achievement. Muedeking, a partner in the international law firm DLA Piper Washington, D.C., played on the 1976 National Championship Saint John’s football team and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame with the highest of honors. His more than 30 years of legal experience have seen him work with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. Muedeking serves on several boards, including the Army War College Foundation and the Ethics Standards Committee for the Standards for Excellence Institute for Non-Profit Organizations, and represents disabled military veterans.

Dave Philp '77

Dave Philp has had tremendous success in his 39 years as a Twin Cities realtor, but Philp measures his worth by how much he gives back to others rather than how many houses he sells. Philp, a 2010 winner of REALTOR Magazine’s national Good Neighbor award, cultivates organizations that encourage local realtor offices to contribute to their communities. He started the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors’ “Give 2 Give” matching funds program, serves as committee chair of the Minneapolis Area Board of Realtors Foundation, helped establish the Coldwell Banker Burnet Foundation and has had a hand in raising more than $10 million for the Ridgeview Medical Center Foundation, which generates the extra margin of funding needed for Ridgeview to provide critical resources for Waconia and surrounding communities.

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Carl Procario-Foley '82

Carl Procario-Foley’s career embodies the mission of the former Ministry Preparation Program, which prepared Johnnies and Bennies for longer term work with church ministry. He has served his church, college and community in many ways and touched countless lives in his role as director of the Office of Mission and Ministry at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, where he also is an adjunct instructor. He also has earned numerous awards and has been recognized for his work to foster inter-religious relationships, including the 2016 Bridge Builder Award of the American Jewish Committee in Westchester County, New York, and the Rochelle, New York Coalition of Mutual Respect’s Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award, an honor he shared with his wife, Elena Procario-Foley.

Mike Baumann '87

Michael Baumann has forged an impressive career as a risk management specialist and an equally impressive track record of devotion to the Catholic Church. Baumann helps privately held and publicly traded corporations manage their risk in his role at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Bloomington office. He has extensive experience in the placement of a variety of professional liability risks and is a member of Gallagher’s Agriculture and International Risk Management Practice Groups. Baumann and his wife, Barb ’90, are recognized for their support of and dedication to St. Ambrose of Woodbury Church, particularly for their long-term commitment to counseling future Catholic couples regarding their partnership in Christianity. The Baumanns are a consistent presence at St. Ambrose, rarely, if ever, missing Mass.

Efrem Smith '92

The Rev. Efrem Smith’s contributions as an author, church leader, community builder and motivational speaker have earned international recognition and helped transform the lives of countless individuals and communities. Smith carries out his passion for bringing the church to marginalized populations through his work as president and CEO of World Impact, which strives to empower urban poor by fostering leadership and community revitalization through church-planting movements in urban areas. He has delivered keynote speeches at events such as Campus Crusade for Christ and Compassion International, serves as a teaching pastor at Bayside Midtown Church in Sacramento, Calif., and published four books, “Raising Up Young Heroes,” “The Hip Hop Church,” “Jump” and “The Post-Black and Post-White Church.” Saint John’s recognized him with a Caritas Award in 1997.

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Lee Torborg '51

Lee Torborg helped build the Saint John’s community in many ways, from his work on the construction crew for Mary Hall and Emmaus Hall in the early ’50s through a lifetime of financial, construction and service contributions to the university until his death in May. He quietly set a standard for philanthropic giving and civic engagement through his dedication to Catholic organizations and involvement in a variety of Central Minnesota initiatives and in 2004 received the St. Cloud Community Foundation’s Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy with his wife, Mary. His business success lives on in the companies he founded, Torborg Construction and Torborg Builders. Torborg’s legacy has many dimensions, but the one he most valued is the tight-knit family he and Mary built together.