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(February 7, 2013) President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., along with the Seattle
University's Alumni Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni
Relations is pleased to announce the university's 2013 Alumni
Awards recipients, who will be honored at the 28th Annual Alumni
Awards Celebration on April 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Campion
Distinguished Teaching Award: Carol Weaver, PhD
Carol Weaver, PhD, of the Seattle University College of Education
is an outstanding teacher who can engage and lead, and understands
how to challenge and connect students to the material while
enabling them to succeed. Weaver is in her 23rd and final year of
teaching at Seattle University. She was the first full-time faculty member of the Adult Education and
Training Program in the College of Education. She has acted as a
mentor and counselor for faculty in her college. Her exemplary
teaching style is well-regarded by her students who consistently
place her in the highest decile of faculty rankings.
Weaver's empathy, leadership, service to others and teaching
abilities make her deserving of this honor. She has made an impact
on more than 600 students as well as countless faculty and
university programs. We are forever grateful for her talent,
leadership and commitment to her students and to the College of
Education. She will leave a lasting legacy of distinguished
teaching at Seattle University.
University Service Award: Maureen Benoliel, '71
Each year, the University Service award is given to an individual
who has demonstrated commitment to the Seattle University
community. Maureen Benoliel is such an individual. Benoliel
graduated from Seattle University in 1971 from the College of
Education where she currently serves on the Advisory Board. She was
a founding member of the College of Education Leadership Council.
Since 2001, Benoliel has been a member of the Board of Regents
where she served a two-year term as president and worked tirelessly
to recruit individuals to join the board.
Benoliel also takes an active role in the professional development
of Seattle U's students, mentoring those looking for help with
resumes, networking and internships, giving her time to the SU's
Fostering Scholars program and setting up scholarships for students
in the School of Law. Benoliel is a true ambassador for the
university. She has helped alumni rekindle their relationship and
introduced future students to Seattle University for the first
time. We are honored to present her with the 2013 award for Service
to the University
The following individuals will also be recognized:
Alumnus of the Year: Gordon McHenry, '79Gordon McHenry, Jr. is the 28th Annual Alumni of the Year Award
Winner! Gordon holds a bachelor's degree in political science from
Seattle University and earned his juris doctorate from the
Georgetown University Law School.
This past October McHenry was named president and chief executive
of Solid Ground, a Seattle-based nonprofit social-services
organization. Prior to this role, McHenry held the position of
executive director for Rainier Scholars. According to the
organization, his unique blend of private and public sector
experience in the Seattle Community made for an ideal leader. A
Seattle native and father of three, McHenry has developed a strong
commitment to his community. His commitment to community has led
him to serve on the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Board of
Directors as well the governing boards of the United Way of King
County and Seattle Public Library.
Prior to his appointment as executive director at Rainier Scholars,
McHenry served as the director of Global Corporate Citizenship for
Boeing's Northwest region and worked as an attorney with Perkins
Coie in Seattle. McHenry was raised with a strong respect for
education, his father being the first in his family to graduate
from college and the first African American to be promoted to a
management role at Boeing.
McHenry's connection and commitment to Seattle University is vast.
He has served as a trustee to Seattle University since 2002. Prior
to becoming a trustee he was a member and the chair of the Board of
Regents, and a member of the Alumni Board of Governors. While a
student at SU he was ASSU president. His wife Dorina
Calderon-McHenry is also an SU alum.
Professional Achievement Award: Deborah Limb '88
After graduating in 1988 with a degree from the College of Science
and Engineering, Deborah Limb began her distinguished career at
Boeing. She rose quickly through the ranks to become the fleet
manager and chief engineer for the 747 and 746 programs. In 1998,
Limb was promoted to director of Customer Quality for Boeing
Commercial Airplanes, and in early 2003, she joined the 787 team
when the program was in its infancy. There she led the
international arm which was responsible for the design, build and
support of the 787 model. In 2007, Limb was again promoted, this
time to director of Structures Engineering where she leads a team
of 300 Puget Sound employees who provide support for all commercial
Limb is just as dedicated to the community as she is her career.
She currently is chairman of the Board of Trustees for Crista
Ministries, serves on the Board of the Bethany Christian Service
adoption agency and is a member of the Seattle University Science
and Engineering Advisory Board. We are very pleased to honor such
an accomplished member of the Seattle University community.
Community Service Award: Rick Friedhoff '67
Rick Friedhoff graduated from the Albers School of Business and
Economics in 1967. Friedhoff returned to Seattle University 17
years ago to complete his MAPS degree, but after a year he felt
drawn to a different path. He left the MAPS program and his
successful law practice to become executive director of Compass
Housing Alliance, which provides much-needed food, shelter and
support for the homeless community of Seattle. During his tenure,
Friedhoff increased the number of facilities serving the homeless
under the Compass Housing Alliance umbrella.
According to the organization, "Under Rick's leadership, the
100-year-old building at 77 South Washington became the foundation
on which Compass ushered in a new era of growth and a fresh
approach to battling homelessness in King County. Thanks to his
vision, Compass Housing Alliance now serves a broad spectrum of
individuals and families struggling with homelessness and poverty,
offering a range of services from meeting basic, immediate needs to
attaining permanent stability." Now, after 16 years as the
executive director, Friedhoff is retiring. He embodies the Jesuit
commitment to providing for those less fortunate, and for this
reason we are happy to honor him.
Please join us on April 16 as we celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni. Click here to register or to host a table, e-mail .
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