The 40th Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony recognized faculty and alumni for their service to the University and community.
“This is a milestone celebration—40 years of celebrating the achievements and contributions of Holy Names’ faculty and alumni,” said Anne C. Dunlap-Kahren ’88, chairperson of the Alumni Awards Committee. “Our ceremony reflects pride in the achievements that the individuals being honored tonight have made; profound gratitude for their contributions (and) the legacy that they continue; and passion for the collective endeavors of our alumni, faculty, and students and for the future direction of this institution that we hold so dear.”
The Faculty Award was bestowed upon Professor of Art Robert Simons, MFA. The award is presented to a member of the faculty for outstanding service and loyalty to the University. Simons joined the Holy Names community in 1975, and over the years he has taught a variety of art courses in painting, photography, graphic design, printmaking, and art history.
“It has been a privilege to teach here for all these years, and I am thankful for a lot of things—maybe the most is that I’ve been able to be a perpetual student,” Simons said. “I’ve been able to be one by being given the opportunity to develop new courses and to stretch my own abilities.”
Holy Names University honored three alumni at the award ceremony. The alumnus recognized for professional achievement was Miguel Bustos ’93, who serves as senior vice president and community relations and outreach director at Wells Fargo Bank. Luis Guerra ’02, MBA ’04 was awarded for service to the University. Guerra is the assistant vice president for facilities and events at HNU. Maria Esperanza Harrington ’04 received the Young Alumni Award for enhancing the prestige of the University. She is co-founder of Casa de Español, which teaches Spanish to children and adults through dynamic lessons that address students’ unique learning needs.
“Everything each one of you said tonight, Miguel, Luis, Dr. Simons, (and) Maria . . . resonated with my heart because this is love. And if you’re here, you are touching Holy Names,” Alumni Executive Board Ana Raphael ’89 said in closing. “Please allow me to add my personal congratulations to our award recipients for their achievements. I am so proud of you.”