Alumni Awards

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2018 Alumni Awards

The alumni awards program was created in 1967 by the Alumni Association to recognize and honor University of Dayton alumni whose accomplishments exemplify our motto to learn, lead and serve.

We're proud of what our alumni do around the world. You lead in your communities. You create new ways to serve and meet needs. You take what you learned as a student and use it to make things better in your work, where you live and for the people closest to you.

Every year we highlight some of the amazing things you or your classmates have done. Congratulations to our 2018 recipients.

Relive the 2018 Alumni Awards Dinner where we recognized outstanding alumni. Look through the photos, watch the recipients’ videos or read President Spina’s blog. Please consider submitting nominations for 2019 to recognize alums you know are making a UD difference.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Lourdes Maurice, Ph.D. ’83, ’86

The award is given to a person who has sustained a record of accomplishment and whose reputation is widespread.

Lourdes Maurice is one of the most influential and respected international leaders in setting aviation noise and environmental policy for the United States and the world.

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Christian Service Award

Ruth Beckman ’57

The Christian Service Award is presented to alumni of the University whose life's work best reflects the unique quality of service and sacrifice to others, consistent with the Marianist's identity of the University of Dayton.

For 34 years, Ruth served as director of the Joint Organization for Inner-City Needs, a Catholic Charities organization in Columbus, Ohio, and her work has had an impact beyond measure.

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Joe Belle Memorial Young Alumni Award

Nicole Miller Olszewski ’08

The Joe Belle Memorial Young Alumni Award is designed to recognize young alumni who carry that same spirit and have shown great promise and accomplishment in their chosen profession and/or service to their community or to the University of Dayton and its mission.

Nicole is the central force behind the success of a Nashville-based charter middle school, KIPP Nashville College Prep.

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Special Achievement Award

Jan Lepore-Jentleson ’71

The Special Achievement Award is given for outstanding achievement in business, in industry, through professional excellence, by civic activity or by service to the community.

Jan’s vision led her to establish East End Community Services, a nonprofit organization that strives to break generational poverty in Dayton’s Twin Towers Neighborhood.

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Special Achievement Award

Steven Budd ’76, ’78

The Special Achievement Award is given for outstanding achievement in business, in industry, through professional excellence, by civic activity or by service to the community.

Following his UD graduation, Steve began a career devoted to strengthening and revitalizing his adopted hometown of Dayton.

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Special Service Award

Howard ’63, ’67 and Sally ’65 Stevens

The Special Service Award is presented to an alumnus who has performed a special service or displayed exceptional diligence on behalf of the University of Dayton.

Howard and Sally founded and operated two impactful organizations: the Chally Group Worldwide in 1973, a sales performance consulting corporation, and the Sales Education Foundation in 2007, a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of sales education programs at the university level.

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