2010 Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient Announced

Saint Mary's Announces 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient

Aimee Beckmann-Collier poses with Saint Mary's College President Carol Ann Mooney following the awards presentation on June 5.
Aimee Beckmann-Collier '75, left poses
with Saint Mary's College President Carol
Ann Mooney on June 5.

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Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary’s College
(574) 284-4579

June 8, 2010 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—The Distinguished Alumna Award, awarded annually by the Alumnae Association of Saint Mary's College, honors a woman who exemplifies the standards, ideals, and mission of the College and who has given outstanding service through ongoing work for the Alumnae Association. The award is the association's highest recognition. The 2010 recipient is Aimee Beckmann-Collier ’75 of West Des Moines, Iowa, who is recognized for her unfailing devotion to the College and her extraordinary professional leadership in the field of music.

Beckmann-Collier has demonstrated unwavering devotion to the College, its boards, and committees. She has selflessly volunteered her time assisting the College’s Office of Admission for more than a decade by hosting its events, serving at college fairs, contacting prospective students, and as an alumnae representative on Saint Mary’s panels. As president of the Saint Mary’s Des Moines (Iowa) Alumnae Club for a dozen years, Beckmann-Collier frequently steps forward to host club events and generously extends a warm invitation to alumnae who are new to the Des Moines area.  Beckmann-Collier served on the Alumnae Association Board of Directors between 1986 and 1992. She has served a number of times on the Class of 1975 Reunion Gift Campaign Committee. This year, she is serving as the Committee’s Chair.

Beckmann-Collier, who received a bachelor’s degree in music from Saint Mary’s College and master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from the University of Iowa, is equally celebrated in the field of music. She is the Director of Choral Studies and Professor of Conducting at Drake University where she has taught since 1989. She also serves as chair of the Iowa Comprehensive Musicianship Project, a mastery-teaching program for music educators.  Beckmann-Collier additionally serves in a leadership role for the American Choral Director’s Association, the country’s elite organization for choral specialists, for which she is president of its North Central Division.

“In the 35 years since her graduation, at which she was valedictorian for the Class of 1975, Aimee has unfailingly used her time, talent, and treasure to enrich the lives of Saint Mary’s women as well as the lives of the young women and men under her tutelage,” said Debbie Johnson Schwiebert ’74 in her nomination of Beckmann-Collier. “Be it her academic accomplishments, as reflected by her summa cum laude achievement, or her love and dedication to music, Aimee quietly and effectively makes a difference in the lives of the people she touches.”

Beckmann-Collier received the award at the Reunion Banquet on Saturday, June 5 as part of Reunion Weekend, June 3-6.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.