At its Founderís Day ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 24, Saint Maryís University observed the 75th anniversary of the De La Salle Christian Brothersí affiliation with the university. Also honored were a dedicated faculty member, a Lasallian educator, and two outstanding seniors. Founderís Day is the annual celebration of the founding of Saint Maryís in 1912 by Winona Bishop Patrick R. Heffron.
Starting off the Founderís Day event, Christian Brothers currently affiliated with SMU were recognized for their service to the university. Provincial Edmond Precourt, Superior of the Long Island-New England (LINE) District, accepted a special recognition on behalf of the Brothers of LINE district for their distinguished service. Three SMU presidents (including Brother President William Mann) have been members of this district, which serves Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and New England with provincial headquarters in Narragansett, R.I.
Dr. Jane Anderson was named as SMUís Distinguished Lasallian Educator for 2009. The 2009 Brother H. Charles Severin Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Dean Beckman, assistant professor in the Social Science Department. The Outstanding Male Senior Award went to Jakub Szymanski, son of Ryszard and Marianna Szymanski of Opole, Poland. The Outstanding Female Senior Award went to Emily Berg, daughter of David and Sharleen Berg of Owatonna, Minn.