Seattle University Recognizes Top Alumni


Seattle University will honor six outstanding graduates at the 28th annual Alumni Awards Dinner later this month. The event is an SU tradition that recognizes distinguished alumni and faculty for their professional achievement, service to the university and contributions to the community, the region and beyond.  

This year’s award recipients include:  

Alumna of the Year Award: Gordon McHenry, Jr., ’79 
Presented for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 

Gordon McHenry, Jr.’s connection and dedication to Seattle University is vast. A Board of Trustee member since 2002, he has served on the Board of Regent and the Alumni Board of Governors. His commitment to the community is also well rooted. This past October he was named president and chief executive of Solid Ground, a Seattle-based nonprofit social services organization. Prior to his current role the Seattle native and father of three was executive director for Rainier Scholars and served for many years as director of Global Corporate Citizenship for Boeing’s Northwest region.
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. He has served on the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Board of Directors, United Way of King County and Seattle Public Library.

Professional Achievement Award: Deborah Limb, ’88
Presented for outstanding achievement in the professional arena 
Following graduation from the College of Science and Engineering, Deborah Limbbegan a distinguished career at Boeing. She rose through the ranks, working on the 787 team and in 2007 was named director of Structures Engineering, leading a team of 500 employees in the Puget Sound region. She is a member of the college’s advisory board.  

Distinguished Teaching Award: Carol Weaver, PhD 
Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students 
Carol Weaver, PhD, of the College of Education is an outstanding teacher who engages, leads and understands how to challenge and connect students to the material while enabling them to succeed. Now in her 23rd year at SU, Weaver was hired to implement the Adult Education and Training Program in the College of Education.   

University Service Award: Maureen Benoliel, ’71 
Presented for outstanding service to Seattle University (alumni and non-alumni eligible)
Maureen Benoliel is honored for her commitment and contributions to the university. is such an individual. Benoliel, a graduate of the College of Education, has chaired the Board of Regents and the university Gala; currently, she serves on the COE advisory board. She has worked with many SU students on professional development, mentoring those looking for help with resumes, networking and internships.  

Community Service Award: Rick Friedhoff, ’67
Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities
A graduate of Albers School of Business and Economics, Rick Friedhoffhas made the difference in the lives of many. During his tenure as executive director of Compass Housing Alliance, he increased the number of facilities serving the homeless as part of Compass Housing. He embodies the Jesuit commitment of providing for those less fortunate.  

Outstanding Recent Alumnus/Alumna Award: Santa Maria Rivera, ’08 
Presented to an alum who graduated in last ten years, for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 
Santa Maria Rivera is a voice of hope for the Washington state Latino community. As a first-generation Mexican American living in Yakima, he caught the attention of Redhawk soccer coach Pete Fewing. Soon after, Rivera joined SU’s soccer team, helping lead team to a national championship in his junior year. Since graduating, Rivera has committed himself to helping at-risk youth both in his work and volunteer service.  

WHEN:Tuesday, April 16, 2013 
           5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Campion Ballroom, Seattle University 
               914 E. Jefferson St. (media entry: main entrance on James St.)  

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