STEUBENVILLE - Franciscan University of Steubenville alumni back on campus to receive awards said Friday the university was a significant part of their success in life.
The university recognized eight alumni Friday during its 24th annual alumni banquet.
Alumni receiving awards included:
ALUMNI AWARD — Franciscan University of Steubenville held is 24th annual alumni awards banquet Friday on campus. Seated from left, Deacon Larry Meagher, accepting on behalf of his son, the Rev. Joseph Meagher; award winners Mary Lundrum, Christi and Bobby Aborn and Dr. Adam Berman. Back from left, award winner Nathaniel Pollock and the Rev. Terence Henry, T.O.R., university president; Chris Wright, alumni board president; and Tim Delaney, alumni relations director. John Henricks and Michael Kehoe also received awards. -- Mark Law
- The Rev. Joseph Meagher, class of 1984, the Bishop John King Mussio Award, for his service to the Archdiocese of Newark, his involvement in the Pro-Life movement, and his ministry to young adults and diocesan seminarians;
- Mary Grace (Kniola) Landrum of Houston, class of 1972, the Dr. John J. Carrigg Award, for her work with youth of Texas as a teacher and special education specialist, and for launching her own consulting company to train educational leaders;
- John Henricks of Alexandria, Va., class of 1991, the Alumni Citizenship Award, for his work in the public square as past Director of Government Relations for the Family Research Council, and currently in the same position for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops;
- Bobby Aborn, class of 2012, and Christi Aborn, class of 2009, both of Steubenville, the Rose M. DeFede Faithful Franciscan Award, for their service to Franciscan University students by acting as household coordinators, mission trip coordinators, marriage preparation assistants, athletic coaches, and hosts of the Dinner for Twelve Strangers;
- Dr. Adam Berman of Evans, Ga., class of 1994, the Father Dan Egan Award, for his work as an expert cardiologist, specializing in complex arrhythmia ablation, and for medical research he is conducting in conjunction with two leading medical centers;
- Michael Kehoe of Dublin, class of 1968, the Professor Edward J. Kelly Award, for his work in the telecommunications industry, rising to executive levels with AT&T, as well as his involvement with numerous civic, educational, and charitable boards, such as the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College; and the
- Nate Pollock of Laurel, Md., class of 1999, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, for graduating at the top of his class from the University of Notre Dame Law School, going on to a successful career in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and authoring numerous legal briefs, two of which have reached the United States Supreme Court.
Berman said he was thrilled to see the expansion on campus since he graduated.
"It is a fantastic environment. The friends you make here are friends for life," he said.
Berman said he worked in the computer lab on campus when he was a student. He said the computers weren't very powerful and there were dot matrix printers and no Internet.
Today, he uses electroanatomic mapping techniques in his heart research using computers that can't compete with the ones he used as an undergraduate student.
"Technology is evolving every day," he said.
Pollock said the university means a lot to him as an alumnus.
"It is a place where I got started and credit the university for a significant part of my success. It is a great place to be and I think of it fondly," he said.
The Rev. Terence Henry, T.O.R., university president, said he enjoys hearing the many stories of alumni.
"I know, in a sense from the beginning, they are out there doing good things and helping others. It is a true sense of helping. They learned to apply that in everyday living," he said.
Christi Aborn said, "It is great to be a part of a big family. It is wonderful to see so many alumni from across the U.S. - even though we don't often see each other - it is like a family reunion."
Her husband, Bobby Aborn, said he has realized as an alumnus, how great the university has become - not only its impact locally but nationally.
"It is a real gift and blessing."