June 7-9 was Alumni Reunion Weekend. More than 125 alumni returned to campus for a jam-packed weekend, including a Welcome Home Reception, Mass, Banquet, and many more activities.
During the Alumni Banquet, the university honored three outstanding alumni for their work and embodying the Saint Mary mission.
Tes Mehring, C’74, received the Sister Mary Mark Orr Pioneer Spirit Award for her influence in education. She has more than 45 years of teaching and administrative experience and was the first female dean and first provost at Emporia State University. She has received countless awards in higher education, including Kansas Master Teacher, Kansas Educator of the Year, Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor, and many more. Mehring has served as president of several organizations, including the National Teachers Hall of Fame, Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities, Kansas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Council for Learning Disabilities. She’s also been on the Board of Directors and Executive Council for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Patrice Halbach, C’74, received the Saint Vincent DePaul Award for her four decades of teaching and time given to students and the community. She is a lifelong volunteer in church liturgical choirs, parish committees, engaging teenagers in religious education, prison ministry, and mentoring young women to be theologically formed leaders in the local and universal church. Halbach is completing a master’s in theology and hospice work at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minn.
Kathy Klug, C’84, received the Sister Mary Janet McGilley Service Award for her outstanding contributions to Saint Mary. During her time as a student, Klug was a history major as well as a National Merit Scholarship finalist and recipient of the Jubilee Scholarship. She is now a member of the USM Board of Trustees and faithfully travels from Pennsylvania each quarter to attend meetings.