Alumni Awards Day 2009

Siena Heights to Honor Five Graduates March 19

Five diversely talented graduates of Siena Heights will return to campus Thursday, March 19, for Alumni Awards Day. This year’s award winners include a poet, a symphony conductor, an attorney, a family development specialist and a national volunteer coordinator. The honorees will visit classes and meet with student prior to the formal recognition ceremony, scheduled at 4 p.m. A gala reception will follow. Alumni and friends are welcome at all events. For further information, contact the Alumni Office: 517-264-7143 or


The 2009 Alumni Award Winners are:


·         Dr. Tod Marshall ’90, Outstanding Alumni Award (Spokane, Washtodmarshall.jpg.)

Building on a double-major in English and philosophy at Siena, Tod has become an award-winning—and widely published—poet, essayist, interviewer, reviewer, editor and short story writer. He is the author of three books (editor of another) and dozens of articles. He teaches English at Gonzaga University, where he received the 2007 Exemplary Faculty Award. (NOTE: Tod will do a poetry reading Wednesday evening, March 18, as part of the annual Eclipse Publication Party beginning at 6 p.m. in Rueckert Auditorium.)





·         Dr. Jacob Chi ’85, Outstanding Alumni Award (Pueblo, Colo.)jacobchi.jpg

A native of China and an accomplished violinist in his Siena student days, Jacob is music director/conductor of the Pueblo (Colo.) Symphony Orchestra, professor of music at Colorado State University, and principal conductor of the Marquette (Mich.) Symphony. Once the youngest (at age 17) concertmaster of the Beijing Opera Company, he now guest conducts nationally and internationally.






·         Gabrielle Davis ’85, Sister Ann Joachim Award (Maumee, Ohio)gabrielledavis.jpg

A Siena Heights philosophy major, Gaby is an attorney and educator who has become a community leader in responding to victims of  domestic violence. She is clinical professor at the University of Toledo College of Law, where she directs the Domestic Violence Clinic. She recently received the Public Interest Law Award for helping shape domestic violence policy in the criminal justice system.






·         Dr. Mary Beaubien, OP ’55, St. Dominic Award (Adrian, Mich.)marybeaubien.jpg

Known to many on campus as Siena’s volunteer archivist, Mary is a nutrition and family development specialist who has spent her career furthering the welfare of women, children and families through her work in higher education, community service and international outreach.






·         Anthony Butler ’04, Recent Graduate Award (Chicago, Ill.)anthonybutler.jpg

An elementary education major and Student Senate president at Siena, Tony is now executive director of Dominican Volunteers USA in Chicago, coordinating a program that places women and men in year-long service to some of America’s poorest families.









For past Alumni Award winners, click here.

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Alyssa Fausneaucht

Sport Management Major, Women's Golf; Adrian Campus

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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Iqbal Roshd, '83

General Studies Graduate; Owner, Tim Horton's Restaurants in Toronto, Canada