In October 2007, Rev. Robert Lauder, S.T.B. 1960 (THEO), M.A. 1965 (PHIL), received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, Long Island. In May 2008 the Cathedral House of Formation in Douglaston, N.Y., also honored him with the Salus Animarum Medal in recognition of his more than 40 years of fostering vocations to the priesthood.
Mary Kathryn Kickels, M.A. 1966 (A&S), retired in August as president of Paradise Valley Community College, located in Phoenix. In the spring she wrapped up her four years as president by setting a school record for number of degrees conferred at a commencement ceremony. During her first year as president, she led the college to a successful 10-year reaccreditation and represented it in an appeal to the voters of Maricopa County, Ariz., for a bond measure to support capital projects in the Maricopa County Community College District. As a result, Paradise Valley Community College is receiving more than $85.3 million for capital projects from 2004 to 2014.
Patrick Hennigan, B.A. 1967 (A&S), of Spring Lake, N.J., recently retired as a managing director at Morgan Stanley in New York City and has been appointed a trustee of the foundation supporting the New College of Florida, which is located in Sarasota. He has also been appointed to the board of directors of the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.
The Connecticut Science Teachers Association selected Ruth (Wasinger) Heckman, B.A. 1969 (A&S), to receive its Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching Award for 2008. Each year this award is given to only one high school teacher in the state. Heckman has taught science in public schools for 32 years. She is now in her eighth year of teaching advanced placement biology at Guilford (Conn.) High School — cited in the College Board’s “Advanced Placement Report to the Nation” as one of Connecticut’s strongest AP biology programs. She and her husband, James Heckman, B.A. 1969 (ENGR), live in Guilford.