Alumni Awards Day 2009

Five Graduates Honored by Siena Heights University


2009 Alumni Award Winners With Presenters:

From left: Gabrielle Davis, Sharon Barnes, Sister Mary Beaubien, OP, Sister Chris Matthews, OP, Jacob Chi, Mark Schersten, Tod Marshall, Sister Pat Schnapp, RSM, Anthony Butler, Mary Griffin. To view a photo album of the event, click here.


Five diversely talented graduates of Siena Heights returned to campus Thursday, March 19, for Alumni Awards Day. This year’s award winners included a poet, a symphony conductor, an attorney, a family development specialist and a national volunteer coordinator. 


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. 





·         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.

Meet Siena


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Nate Adams

Theater major; movie reviewer; Adrian Campus

Faculty & Staff

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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Tod Marshall, '90

English and Philosophy Graduate; 2016 Poet Laureate, State of Washington; English Faculty Member, Gonzaga University