Students Recognized with Service Awards

Gwen O’Brien 
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 284-4579

April 16, 2013 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Service is a way of life for most Saint Mary’s College students, with 80 percent participating in service by the time they graduate. Last week, the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) at Saint Mary's College awarded seven students with seven unique service awards.

Five of the awards are named for Sisters of the Holy Cross. The Sisters founded this Catholic women’s college in 1844 and the awards are a tribute to the founders’ mission—to discern needs and respond. Another award is named for an alumna, Patricia Arch Green ’61, who lived a life dedicated to serving others. The seventh award is the Outstanding Graduating CAT Scholar Award, recognizing a student who participated in the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) program at the College.

Winners are selected from nominations submitted by faculty and staff. Click on the name of the recipient to read the citation written about her and read at the event.

The Sister Kathleen Anne Nelligan, CSC Award for Spiritual Service was awarded to Cassandralee "Cassie" Fill ’13, a nursing major of Hermitage, Penn. 

The Sister Olivia Marie Hutcheson, CSC Award for Service in the Health Field was awarded to Karah Susnak ’13, a nursing major from Lowell, Mich.

The Sister Maria Concepta McDermott, CSC Award for Service in Education was awarded to Elizabeth Litke ’13, an education major from Cloquet, Minn.

The Sister Christine Healy, CSC Award for Service with Women was awarded to Olivia Pahl ’13 a biology major from Union Mills, Ind.

The Sister Olivette Whalen, CSC Award for General Service was awarded to Haley Van Der Linden ’13, a biology major who resides in South Bend.

The Patricia Arch Green Award was awarded to Shelby Cornett ’13, an education major from Westfield, Ind.

Outstanding Graduating CAT Scholar Award was awarded to Katie Klinker ’13, an education major from Hoagland, Ind.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women’s liberal arts college offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study, such as business, nursing, art, chemistry, and social work. The College’s single-gender environment has been proven, in study after study, to foster confidence, ethical leadership, and strong academic success. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2013 published by U.S. News. Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s College’s mission is to educate women and prepare them for postgraduate success whether it’s a first job, graduate school, or postgraduate service.