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Four Mount alumni earn service awards

September 23, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Alumni Awards 2017

Four Mount Saint Mary College alumni received awards for their service. Left to right: Kevin Saturno and his daughter, Siena Hope, who both accepted a Distinguished Alumni Award in the name of Kevin’s late wife, Shannon (Romanchuk) Saturno ’05; Alice (Murphy) Yoder ’80, recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award; Sean Glander ’06, who was given the James V. McEnery Alumni Service Award; and Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP ’67, Mount Saint Mary College Board of Trustees member and recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the College.

 

Four outstanding Mount Saint Mary College alumni were given awards for their service to the college and the community on Saturday, September 23, as part of the Mount’s annual Alumni and Family Weekend.

“It’s so good to see all of you back at the Mount,” said Dr. David Kennett, interim president of Mount Saint Mary College. “It’s great to honor the people who are so important to the life of this college.”

Shannon (Romanchuk) Saturno ’05 and Alice (Murphy) Yoder ’80 earned the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizing their contributions to society through their professional and volunteer work.

Saturno passed away in July 2016. Her award was accepted by her husband, Kevin, and the couple’s young daughter, Siena Hope.

As a special education teacher at Babylon Memorial School, Saturno emphasized the importance of character-building in young children, including respect, responsibility, honesty, and empathy. She brought those qualities and more to her three-year battle with breast cancer. She was first diagnosed with the illness when she was 28 weeks pregnant with her daughter, and a routine MRI in June 2015 showed that the cancer had spread throughout her body.

However, Saturno vowed not to let it slow her down. An avid runner, she continued to practice her sport until she became too weak to continue – at which point, she switched to walking. Saturno displayed that same determination in a music video called “Get Checked!” by First Company Pink, a nonprofit that raises funds for breast cancer research. In the spirit of motivating other women in the fight against cancer, the video depicted Saturno’s emotional journey, from her diagnosis to images of her running on a track, wearing bright pink shoes. Just as it appears that she has become exhausted, the video ends with Saturno willing herself forward and raising her arms in triumph.

Yoder, a lifelong nurse, has lent a healing hand to countless lives over the course of her illustrious career. Since beginning her life as a nurse at the Mount, Yoder has worked in critical care nursing in New York City and Washington D.C. During that time, she became interested in proactive wellness and health promotion, and after earning her master’s degree from Villanova University, she developed the award-winning Wellness Center at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. Dedicated to providing health education initiatives related to physical activity, nutrition, and stress management, the center serves more than 11,000 hospital employees, business partners, and the community at large. She also expanded the case management program for historically underserved pregnant women, spearheaded the first sexual assault nurse examiner/SAFE program in Lancaster County, and was a founder of the county’s only child advocacy center.

In her current role as director of Community Health for Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine, Yoder partners with local social service organizations, schools, and businesses to develop community health improvement plans for critical health issues. Recently, she proposed and helped pass ordinance that all roads and developments in the Lancaster area should have options for biking and walking, and she coordinated county efforts to reduce deaths from opioid and heroin overdose.

“From day one at the Mount, I discovered a nurturing and caring environment that enabled me to fully explore who I am and challenged me to reach my highest potential academically, personally, and spiritually,” she said. The effort to move healthcare in a more educational, proactive, and preventative direction is important, she noted, adding “I want to be part of that transformation and am prepared to do my part, thanks to the foundation built during my four years at Mount Saint Mary College.”

 

Alumni Awards 2017

Alice (Murphy) Yoder ’80, recipient of the Mount's Distinguished Alumni Award, discussed the importance of proactive health programs.

 

Sean Glander ’06 earned the James V. McEnery Alumni Service Award. This award is presented to an alum who has provided exemplary service to the college community as a fitting tribute to the dedication of the late Mount professor James V. McEnery.

Glander, a senior accountant at Big V Properties in Florida, N.Y., has remained dedicated to the Mount Saint Mary College community since graduating more than a decade ago. His is an active member of the Young Alumni group and served on the 10-year reunion committee for his class. He has participated in the annual Meet a Mentor networking dinners for Mount students every year since the program’s inception and he frequently returns to campus as a guest speaker in accounting classes.

Throughout his career, Glander has been instrumental in helping Mount seniors and alumni to launch their own careers. He has brought Mount interns under his wing, helped graduates land interviews, and more.

Fulfilling the Mount’s ideal of a liberal arts education, Glander complemented his accounting major with a minor in religious studies, which introduced him to a world of new beliefs while reaffirming his own spirituality and faith in humanity.

Shortly after graduating, Glander served as wedding coordinator for the Mount’s Campus Ministry. He met his wife Kayla while they were students at the college, and the couple celebrated their own wedding on campus. They recently marked their ninth anniversary and have two children.

“It’s an honor to receive this award from my alma mater,” said Glander. “Though this award represents the Mount’s appreciation for how I’ve helped them, I want to reiterate how the Mount has helped me. The classes, the background, the professors, the environment, the community, the love – through these, the Mount helped me to become the business person I am today.”

Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP ’67 was honored with the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the College. As a Dominican Sister of Hope, Sr. Anderson has enriched the Mount community with her dedication, professionalism, and caring attitude.

Sr. Anderson currently serves on the Mount’s Board of Trustees and, in the past, she served on the Alumni Board. She has been an important presence on campus and a regular participant in college activities, such as the Meet a Mentor dinner, golf outings, the college’s annual Gala, Academic Convocation, and Commencement. Crediting the Mount for her fulfilling career in education, Sr. Anderson has encouraged many young people to explore the benefits of a liberal arts education, often with the Mount in mind.

Building on her Mount degree, Sr. Anderson earned a master’s in elementary education from Jersey State City College, an MSW from Fordham University, and completed post graduate studies in educational administration and child/adolescent therapy. She taught third, fifth, seventh, and eighth grades at parochial schools in Newburgh, Mount Vernon, and New York City. She later served as an elementary school principal and administrator before spending nearly a decade as a social worker for the Archdiocese of New York City’s Drug Abuse Prevention Program, providing crisis intervention services and counseling in a school setting. Since 2014, Sr. Anderson has worked on the Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, guiding and supporting a congregation of 150 women.

“This whole college is a fond memory [for alumni], but it’s more than that, because it is the legacy of the Dominican Sisters,” said Sr. Anderson.

She congratulated the Class of 1967 on donating nearly $50,000 to the Mount in honor of their 50th graduation anniversary, though a check presented to Dr. Kennett earlier in the program. “Now the college is part of your legacy as well,” she said.

Alumni Awards 2017

Dr. David Kennett, interim president of Mount Saint Mary College, accepts a nearly $50,000 donation from the college's Class of 1967.