June 11, 2007
Some of the best and brightest were honored at the 26th Annual
Alumni Convocation held the evening of June 8 at the Queens campus.
Friends and family of the honorees gathered at the St. Thomas More
Church for the event which celebrated 24 alumni who were recognized
for their many achievements and accomplishments.
The night began with a special dinner for recipients and their
guests in Montgoris Dining Hall before the group proceeded to the
church for the ceremony. After a processional, singing of the
national anthem and invocation by Rev. James Maher, C.M. ’84C, vice
president for student affairs, citations were read for each
honoree. Recipients of the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award
were: Ernest Dicker ’47CBA; Hon. Randall T. Eng ’72L; Steven J.
Farella ’77SVC; Robert J. Fuentes, Pharm.D. ’77P; Joseph A. Garcia
’77MBA; Mansoor Ali Khan, R.Ph. ’92Ph.D.; Lina R. Merlino, M.D.
’52NDC; Michael J. Ricigliano, Esq. ’57C, ’60L; Jean M. Rossi
’77SVC; Michael P. Stafford, Esq. ’67Ed, ’72L; and Robert Andrew
Wild, Esq. ’67L. Those receiving the Pietas Medal were: Natale P.
Calamis ’72SVC; Erica B. Fine, Esq. ’82L; William A. Healy, Jr.,
M.D. ’57C; Richard E. Lapchick ’67C, ’01HON; and Dorothy E. McCabe,
Esq. ’82L. John Colligas ’37P, ’38P was inducted in the Heritage
Circle and Jack Curran ’52C; John P. Navarra ’67P; Joseph H.
Schwartz ’70C, ’72MBA, '09HON; and James P. Stuckey ’75NDC,
’77G received the President’s Medal. The honorary degree of Doctor
of Commercial Science was conferred upon Salvatore J. Zizza ’67UC,
’72MBA and Robert L. Sheppard ’32C, ’00HON and James J. Schiro
’67CBA, ’95HON both received the Medal of Honor, the highest honor
which can be bestowed upon an alumnus.
Mr. Schiro delivered the convocation address and noted that St.
John’s University is an institution which has the ability “to allow
people to fulfill and live their dreams.” “This is a university
that is unheralded in terms of its accomplishments,” he said. “This
is a great, great night and I hope that each of the honorees
understands the value that their families gave helping them to
achieve their goals and the value this great university has given
all of us.” University President Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M.
heralded the honorees for their continued fidelity to alma
mater. “Each of these individuals, in one way or another, has
distinguished himself or herself, but also has not forgotten St.
John’s University and has maintained a tie with St. John’s
University,” Harrington said. “I thank our honorees for allowing us
to honor you because in honoring you it calls us once again back to
what we are really about which is educating young people to make a
difference in the world. You have all done that, you have made a
difference in the world.”
All of the alumni honored were celebrating anniversaries, having
graduated in a year ending in “2” or “7.” The evening concluded
with a dessert reception held in Montgoris Dining Hall.