Meet the 2015 Alumni Award Winners

Honoring contributions of alumni and SU faculty

Written by Magazine staff
Photography by Chris Kalinko
May 18, 2015

For 30 years, Seattle University has celebrated the Alumni Awards, which honor those alumni who exemplify our Jesuit values and excel in the areas of leadership, professional achievement and community service.

We celebrate this year’s recipients:
 
Alumna of the Year
Doreen Marchione, ’62

 
A graduate of Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Doreen Marchione, ’62, is dedicated to improving the lives of people in her community. She has impacted Seattle University through her 15 years on the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council, participation in the visiting committee for the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and her financial commitment as a donor and Legacy Society member. In 1984, she began the first of her two terms as mayor of Redmond. Marchione currently is in her second term on the Kirkland City Council after serving as Deputy Mayor. During her 15 years as CEO of HopeLink—the largest provider of social services in north and east King County—she oversaw a 150 percent increase in the number of residents HopeLink assisted.

Community Service
Clayton Pitre, ’68

 
Clayton Pitre, a Montford Point Marine and longtime community activist, graduated from Seattle University with a degree in accounting. A fixture in the central Seattle community, Pitre organized and chaired the African American Dollars for Scholars program for 17 years, coordinated efforts to fund and build three low-income housing projects and was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 52 years, serving three terms as president of the parish board and leading the development of its child care center. For 60 years, Pitre served as a member of the Knights of Columbus and Knights of Peter Claver (the African American arm of the Knights of Columbus) and has actively mentored and participated in Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Pitre was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a Montford Point Marine, the first African American Marine troop in World War II.
 
University Service
Joe Zavaglia, ’71

 
Joe Zavaglia dreams of what could be and makes it happen. While an SU student, Zavaglia wanted to play college soccer but there was no team. Drafting a petition, he not only received 90 percent student approval but also recruited 100 potential players. When told the school didn’t have the $500 needed, he appealed to then-President Father Lemieux. In a matter of hours, Zavaglia received a call from Athletic Director Eddie O’Brien that the funds had been appropriated. As an alumnus, Zavaglia co-chaired the Championship Field redevelopment project with Vince Volpe. For several years Zavaglia served on the Athletics Hall of Fame committee and in 2007, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. A tireless fundraiser, he helped launch the annual Red Tie event and chaired the Men’s Soccer Alumni Committee. He has also served on the Board of Regents for seven years.
 
Professional Development
Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN, ’73

 
Margaret Heitkemper, a 1973 graduate of the College of Nursing, demonstrates exceptional leadership. An innovator integrating basic scientific research into the practice of nursing, she inspires colleagues with her cutting-edge approach to health care. Nationally and internationally recognized, Heitkemper was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of medicine’s highest honors. Heitkemper had the courage to introduce a clinical research program identifying possible symptoms related to IBS at a time little notice was being paid to GI distress. Through her work, IBS patients have adopted ways of living quality lives. In a career full of successes, Heitkemper is most proud of her work highlighting the importance of women’s health and the role gender plays in health and treatment.
 
Distinguished Faculty
Phillip Thompson, PhD

 
Phillip Thompson, PhD, a member of Seattle University’s faculty since 1997, is professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. An accomplished scholar-educator, Professor Thompson earned the 2009-11 Thomas J. Bannan Endowed Chair of Engineering. A consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates and Bullitt Foundations, Thompson is a recipient of grants and awards from the National Science Foundation and his research on water treatment and pollution control has been published widely. Each year, he takes students to work on water projects in countries such as Thailand, Nicaragua, Jamaica and Zambia, giving him rich experience to draw upon. His engineering consulting work has kept his teaching fresh and relevant. Associate Dean Jean Jacoby says, “Phil exemplifies SU’s care for students and commitment to environmental justice and sustainability.”  
 
Outstanding Recent Alumnus
Derek Rogalsky, ’10


Derek Rogalsky is a shining example of a Seattle University graduate who embodies the Jesuit values of service and social justice. As a student, he was inducted into Seattle U’s Ignatian Leadership Honor Society, served as president of the Bannan Scholars, volunteered in Haiti and played on the men’s soccer team—all while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. After graduation, he deferred medical school for a year to volunteer with his wife, Rebekah, also an SU alum, for a year of service in Haiti, teaching, mentoring and coaching at Louverture Cleary School. While there, Rogalsky helped coordinate The Haitian Project’s institutional response to the cholera epidemic, keeping the campus free of infection. Currently in his fourth year at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Rogalsky was one of 21 fourth year medical students nationwide to receive the American Medical Association Physicians of Tomorrow Award. His research on health care inequality has been published in a number of scientific journals.
 
 See photos of this year's winners and more about who they are in the A&A Building photo gallery.
Alumna of the Year Doreen Marchione, '62
Community Service recipient Clayton Pitre, '68
University Service award for Joe Zavaglia, '71
Professional Development recipient Margaret Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN, ’73
Distinguished Faculty honors for Phillip Thompson, PhD
Outstanding Recent Alumnus Derek Rogalsky, ’10