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1954

Dr. Robert L. Augustine, BSChm, Livingston, New Jersey, professor emeritus of chemistry and executive director of the Center for Applied Catalysis at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, recently had a new award named after him by the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society. The Robert Augustine Early Achievement Award will be given every two years to a scientist or engineer under 40 years old who has made significant contributions to the use of catalysis in organic reactions and demonstrates great leadership potential in the field. As executive director of the Center for Applied Catalysis, Augustine supervises collaborative research with industry on issues involving the use of catalysts in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and biomass derivatives. In the 20 years since the center was founded, it has partnered with nearly 40 national and international companies and has surpassed $7 million in contracts.

1955

Dr. Donald P. Kohns, BS, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, earned the Professor Emeritus Award from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks for his service as the president of the North Dakota Small Business Administration SCORE (Senior Corps of Retired Executives) and ACE (Active Corps of Executives) Organization, which serves small business entrepreneurs, and his development of an undergraduate and graduate marketing education program.

1960

Sr. Grace Swift, BS’56, MA, Maple Mount, Kentucky, is celebrating her 70th year of religious life. Sr. Swift was an elementary and high school teacher in Kansas and Oklahoma from 1949 to 1965. She served as a history professor at Loyola University in New Orleans from 1966 to 1998. She was elected to the Ursuline Council (1998-2002), and now cares for grapevines and blackberries at the Motherhouse in Maple Mount.

1961

Donald L. Cleveland, BA, Boynton Beach, Florida, is leading an effort in Florida to ban assault rifles. Cleveland is chairman of the Stop The Killing Committee, a group of concerned Florida citizens who have made the choice to speak up about gun control-related issues faced in the U.S. almost daily. The committee is petitioning the state of Florida to amend the state constitution and ban ownership of military-style weapons by private individuals.

1962

John G. Manesis, MD, Fargo, North Dakota, has published the book With Steadied Hands, a collection of his medical poems, and is available on Amazon.

1969

Bonnie M.J. Schriner, BA, Denver, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado for outstanding lifetime contribution to religion, profession and country. After graduating from Creighton, Schriner earned her law degree in 1973. She continues to practice law and is involved with canine search and rescue and social justice issues.

1971

John J. Kirby, DDS, Hillsborough, California, was part of the seventh annual medical mission to the Philippines in February 2018. The mission was organized by Mending Faces, a nonprofit organization founded to repair cleft lips and palates in the developing world.

1973

Rev. William J. Fitzgerald, MA, Scottsdale, Arizona, received the Pope Francis Award from the Kino Border Initiative (KBI). The award recognized his longtime support of KBI and as a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Voice of the Poor Committee, and coincided with his 60th anniversary of ordination. KBI is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona, and Nogalas, Sonora, Mexico.

1974

Dr. C. Curtis Barr, BSPha, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, received the Distinguished Alumni Service Citation from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions for making a lasting contribution to his profession, his community and his alma mater. Barr has served at Creighton as associate professor of pharmacy practice, assistant dean for alumni relations and associate chaplain.

1976

Daniel E. Monnat, JD, Wichita, Kansas, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, was ranked by Chambers USA as one of Kansas’ top litigators in white-collar crime and government investigations.

Dr. Robert P. Ritter, ARTS, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, received the Outstanding Dental Service Award from the Marquette University School of Dentistry in April 2018. He shared the award with his brothers and fellow Marquette dental alumni Dr. Charles Ritter and Dr. Thomas Ritter.

1977

David L. Helling, BA, Lenexa, Kansas, Kansas City Star editorial writer, earned a national editorial leadership award for his work involving Kansas City’s handling of a contract for a new airport terminal. The American Society of News Editors will present the 2018 Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership to Helling in September.

1978

Stephen W. Kay, JD, North Platte, Nebraska, was elected as a member of the board of directors of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.

1980

David B. Fischer, JD, Alvo, Nebraska, sold Frontier Harley-Davidson in Lincoln, Nebraska, in March 2018 and retired as president and general counsel. Fischer established Frontier Harley-Davidson in 1987 and was the recipient of 13 Bar and Shield Awards given by Harley-Davidson Motor Company for superior performance during his 31 years of ownership and operation.

1981

Monica “Monnie” Markel Biety, BA, Golden, Colorado, was part of the seventh annual medical mission to the Philippines in February 2018. The mission was organized by Mending Faces, a nonprofit organization founded to repair cleft lips and palates in the developing world. Biety was part of the group that founded Mending Faces.

Gerard T. Ortner Jr., DDS, Rancho Murieta, California, participated with the Agape International Missions, an organization aimed at reducing the rampant sex trafficking in Cambodia. Ortner provided pro bono oral surgery to more than 100 patients from March 12-15, 2018.

1985

Mary Ellen McLean, DDS, Onsted, Michigan, recently retired as clinical associate professor emerita of dentistry after 21 years of teaching at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

1986

Michael W. Meister, BA’83, JD, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, is the managing attorney of the Scottsbluff Legal Aid of Nebraska office.

1987

Brian T. Grogan, BS, St. Paul, Minnesota, was elected to a three-year term as a member of the board of directors of the law firm Moss & Barnett, A Professional Association, in Minneapolis. Grogan serves as the firm’s president, chairs the firm’s communications and technology practice areas, and is a member of the firm’s regulated industries, business law, and mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance teams.

1989

Katherine I. Funk, BSBA, Bethesda, Maryland, was part of the seventh annual medical mission to the Philippines in February 2018. The mission was organized by Mending Faces, a nonprofit organization founded to repair cleft lips and palates in the developing world.

Rosemary Villanueva-Delaney, BA, San Antonio, is a district English as a Second Language (ESL) implementation specialist at the San Antonio Independent School District and is working at various secondary schools.

Dr. Michelle M. “Mimi” Wong, BS, Englewood, Colorado, was part of the seventh annual medical mission to the Philippines in February 2018. The mission was organized by Mending Faces, a nonprofit organization founded to repair cleft lips and palates in the developing world. Wong is part of the group that founded Mending Faces.

1995

Dr. Julie L. Brush, BS, Hilo, Hawaii, has accepted the position of medical director at Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat and Aloha Wellness Center in Hilo.

Dr. Brenda Nieslanik Kelly, BSChm, North Mankato, Minnesota, was named provost and dean of the college at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Kelly will serve as the chief academic officer for the institution.

Reginald T. Morris, BA’87, MS, Kansas City, Missouri, is the head boys basketball coach at Grandview High School in Grandview, Missouri. Morris led his team to the 2018 Class 4, Missouri Boys High School Championship. He received the following awards this year: 2018 USA Today’s Missouri High School Basketball Coach of the Year; 2018 Outstanding Coach of the Year – Kansas City Metro Area Referees and Officials; 2018 Kansas City Metro Coach of the Year/2018 Lombardi Coach of the Year; 2018 Missouri Boys District 12 Coach of the Year; and 2018 Kansas City Suburban Conference Blue Coach of the Year. Morris was the Creighton men’s basketball team captain in 1985-1986 under coach Tony Barone.

1996

Dr. Kevin T. Edward, BSPha, Gilbert, Arizona, graduated from the University of Colorado in May 2018 with a Doctor of Pharmacy. He also received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.

Richard J. Hilger, BS’92, MD, St. Paul, Minnesota, received the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) national Award for Clinical Excellence for Physicians in April 2018. This honor was awarded out of 16,000 SHM members and more than 60,000 practicing hospitalists nationwide. Hilger has been a hospitalist with HealthPartners Regions Hospital in St. Paul for 16 years.

2000

Amy Rezac Schnacker, BSOT, Amherst, Nebraska, was accepted into and completed the TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner Program in March 2018. TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children who have experienced abuse, neglect and/or trauma.

2001

Brian C. Bowman, JD, Omaha, was promoted to the rank of colonel and assigned to the position of state staff judge advocate in the Iowa Air National Guard and assigned to Joint Force Headquarters, Iowa National Guard, in Johnston, Iowa.

2003

Dr. Ryan A. Altman, BSChm, Lawrence, Kansas, associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, was the recipient of the 2018 Rho Chi Society Excellence in Teaching Award.

2005

Gabriel E. Lapito, MBA, BSBA, Billings, Montana, was named to the Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list for 2018.

2007

Andrew C. Clark, BSBA, Wichita, Kansas, recently purchased the Llywelyn’s Pub franchise of Kansas City, which includes two stores: one in Overland Park, Kansas, and one in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Joshuah C. Marshall, BA, Washington, D.C., recently joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington think tank, as a senior policy analyst and expert on state fiscal policy. He will lead a nationwide initiative on racial equity and fiscal policy.

2013

Nick J. Montague, JD, Omaha, has joined the Goosman Law Firm in Omaha.

2014

Marshall K. Schroeder, BA, Denver, is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Denver. In August 2017, Schroeder was conferred as an American Psychological Association-Minority Fellowship Program (APA-MFP) fellow. The APA-MFP awards minority students for their work in the field of clinical psychology for their commitment to social justice by serving indigent/disadvantaged communities. Since attending the University of Denver, Schroeder has worked with the LGBT community, Native Hawaiians, Native Americans and other communities of low socioeconomic status. Schroeder also received the Second Annual Joseph Hovat Award presented by the APA-MFP. The award acknowledges students for their current work with minority populations. Schroeder was selected as a recipient of the award for his work with his Native Hawaiian population as well as continuing work with the Northern Arapaho tribe of Wyoming.

2016

Dr. J. Michael Schneider, MS, Encinitas, California, retired from his neurosurgery practice after nearly 30 years and began full-time practice as a consultant at Provider Resolutions in Encinitas. Schneider earned his medical degree and residency in Southern California, and his master’s degree in conflict engagement and dispute resolution from Creighton.

2017

Courtney M. Batterson, BSEvS, Milpitas, California, was promoted from her temporary contract work at NASA’s Ames Research Center in San Jose, California, to a full-time assistant research scientist.