2016 Alumni Achievement Awards Presented at Annual All Schools Reunion Weekend

July 17, 2016

Mount Marty College (MMC) recently presented its 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards during its All Schools Alumni Reunion, held on the college’s Yankton campus. This year, the MMC Alumni Association presented five Alumni Achievement Awards at the Alumni Mass on Sunday, June 26.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Raelynn ColdwellThe Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which recognizes a recent graduate from the past five years for demonstrating loyalty to MMC, involvement in church and civic activities and the expression of the MMC mission in his or her life, was presented to Raelynn Coldwell, Class of 2012. Coldwell is the communications director for the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery and the 2012 Class Agent and regularly volunteers her time to speak with current students about their MMC experiences.

Service to Church and Community Award

Frank “Bink” CrislerFrank “Bink” Crisler, Class of 1984, received the Service to Church and Community Award, which recognizes an individual who has exhibited notable leadership abilities in service to his or her church and community at the local, state, regional or national level. Crisler has been the editor of The Arlington Sun newspaper for 28 years and has been an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church since moving to Arlington, South Dakota, in 1988. A Eucharistic minister, he has served as the church’s treasurer, a member of the Parish Council and is currently a lector. He has also served as president of the Arlington Community Foundation, as a member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and now serves on the museum and library boards.

Service to Mount Marty College Award

Fr Thomas WordekemperThis year’s Service to Mount Marty College Awardwent to Father Thomas Wordekemper and Sister Matthew Wehri, who have both distinguished themselves as loyal to MMC’s mission and have reflected the college with their Christian lifestyles. Father Wordekemper, Class of 1979, has been chaplain to the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery and MMC for the past six years. His service as a monk for the past 30 years includes serving as a teacher, guest master, kitchen manager, baker, vocation director, choir director, organist, pastoral assistant, fundraiser, director, groundskeeper and painter, and he has also served on numerous campus committees and volunteer opportunities in the Yankton area.

Sr. Matthew

Sister Matthew has been at the Sacred Heart Monastery since 1954, and her service can be seen throughout the monastery, from sewing drapes for the bedrooms and hanging them in all three dorms, classrooms and the south dining hall; driving the sisters to their appointments; scrubbing, stripping and sealing the floors; and maintaining the college and monastery’s campus-wide flower gardens. 

Professional Achievement Award

Shawn GallagherThe fourth and final recognition, the Professional Achievement Award, was presented to Shawn Gallagher, Class of 1976, for consistently demonstrating leadership, competence, dedication, integrity and commitment to continued education in his chosen profession. After attending the University of Notre Dame Law School and passing the Nebraska Bar, Gallagher joined the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and served at posts all across the U.S. and abroad. After retiring from the Army, he transitioned to NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, where he works today as a procurement attorney. Gallagher has also served at NASA as Business Law Team lead and deputy chief counsel. He has been selected for several Military Awards, Performance and Superior Accomplishment Awards, NASA Legal Team and Group Achievement Awards, as well as his recent Director’s Group Award.

Over the years, more than 120 MMC alumni have been honored for their career accomplishments and services to the college. 

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