There are times when it seems like the national media is more than willing to paint a dark picture of our area while ignoring the many positives.
That can be frustrating, but it's important to remember that each of us can be an ambassador for our community, acknowledging there are problems - some very large - while sharing the news about the positive.
A case in point is the Franciscan University of Steubenville. The school has sent thousands of graduates into the world since it was founded in 1946, and the vast majority carry a positive message. That spirit was on display last weekend, when the school held its 24th-annual Alumni Awards Banquet and Ceremony in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center.
Graduates honored during the evening came from many different parts of the country. The Rev. Joseph Meagher, a 1984 graduate, received the Bishop John King Mussio Award for his service to the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J. Mary Grace (Kniola) Landrum, a 1972 graduate, was honored with the Dr. John J. Carrigg Award for her work with young people in the Houston area. John Henricks, a 1991 graduate who now lives in Alexandria, Va., received the Alumni Citizenship Award for his work with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Dr. Adam Berman, a 1994 graduate who lives in Evans, Ga., was the recipient of the Father Dan Egan Award for his work as an expert cardiologist. Michael Kehoe, a 1968 graduate who now lives in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, received the Professor Edward J. Kelly Award for his work with numerous charitable boards. Nate Pollock, a 1999 graduate who lives in Laurel, Md., received the outstanding young alumni award. And, Steubenville residents Christi (Class of 2009) and Bobby Aborn (Class of 2012) were recognized with the Rose M. DeFede Faithful Franciscan Award for their service to students at the university.
All of the honorees have made a mark in their chosen professions, and help project a positive image of the school and our community.