Student Awards 2020
Saint Mary's is proud to announce this year's Student Life award winners.
Saint Mary’s University is recognizing outstanding students, faculty, and staff 7 p.m. May 15 at a virtual Student Life Awards Ceremony. Individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service through co-curricular activities at Saint Mary’s are recognized annually.
As part of this ceremony, this year's Outstanding Seniors will also be announced and recognized. Outstanding Seniors have demonstrated the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership, service to colleagues and the university community, as well as genuine concern for the needs of others.
Nominees for the 2020 Outstanding Senior Awards are:
Alice Bettag, daughter of Joan and Dr. Eric Bettag of Maple Park, Ill., is a sport management and business intelligence and analytics double major. At Saint Mary’s, she was a peer minister and has participated in Culture of Life Club and Together Encountering Christ and Lasallians in Faith Together retreats. She was also a part of the Lasallian Honors, Buddies, and Big and Little Pals programs and has worked as a tutor. After graduation, she hopes to get a job in operations or data with an athletic focus.
Ben Borash, son of Ron and Ann Borash of North Prairie, Minn., grew up on a dairy farm with his seven siblings. He is an environmental biology major with minors in criminal justice and zoology. At Saint Mary’s, he ran on the cross country and track teams and was a resident assistant. Much of his free time was filled with Bible studies, intramurals, or playing board games with friends. After graduation, he will be a Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) missionary for two years, but he eventually plans to be a park ranger or work in land management with the Department of Natural Resources.
Aimee Boggs, granddaughter of Cameron and Vicky Boggs and daughter of Victoria Boggs of Browning, Mont., is a psychology major. At Saint Mary’s, she has participated in multiple organizations and initiatives, including Serving Others United in Love, Black Students & Allies, Sexuality & Gender Alliance, Diversity Café, Psychology Club, and Psi Chi (National Honors Society). She also worked for the Office of Admission, where she was the operations and executive intern. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school on the West Coast or participate in a year-long volunteering opportunity with Lasallian Volunteers. Eventually, she hopes to return to her community as a clinical mental health counselor to advocate for better mental health care access for the Blackfeet people.
Zachary Bracken, son of Nicole and Carl Bracken of Maple Grove, Minn., is a biochemistry major and a mathematics minor. At Saint Mary’s, he was inducted into both Delta Epsilon Sigma and TriBeta (honor societies). Bracken was a member of the men's soccer team and was elected captain his senior year. He served as the Student Athletic Advisory Committee representative for the men’s soccer team and was elected vice president his junior year and president his senior year. He also volunteered at both Mayo Clinic and Winona Health and served as a tutor and the organic chemistry teaching assistant. After graduation, he will work as a scribe in the Twin Cities and apply to medical school with the goal of becoming a practicing physician.
Erin Budin, daughter of Bruce and Colleen Budin of Le Center, Minn., is a music education major with a leadership minor. At Saint Mary’s, she was involved with the Jazz Band and Concert Band. She also participated in Concert Choir for three years and performed in the Chamber Choir for two years. She was involved in club sports and multiple intramural teams — including the reigning dodgeball champion team for the past two years. Within Campus Ministry, she played in the Tommy Moore Band for 8 p.m. Mass and helped with the Lasallians in Faith Together retreats. She also participated in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Taylor Richmond Benefit Committee, Saint Peters/Saint Theresa Leadership Club, Second Page Theatre, ASCD Education Club, Collegiate National Association for Music Educators, and variety shows. She worked in the President's Office for two years and was an orientation leader for three years. She currently works with the Admission Office as an ambassador and serves on the executive board. After graduation, she will be getting married and student teaching in the fall.
Patrick Laughlin, son of Dan and Dina Laughlin of Naperville, Ill., is graduating with three majors: Finance, business intelligence and data analytics, and entrepreneurship; and an accounting minor. At Saint Mary’s, Laughlin served as the president and vice president of Student Senate, an Admission Office tour guide, and a Lasallian Leadership Conference representative. He was a member of the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition team and a lector for Mass through Campus Ministry. He has also pitched for the men’s baseball team, worked summers as a groundskeeper for the Chicago Cubs, and interned at Calamos Investments in Naperville, Ill. After graduation, he will work at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as an examiner.
Danielle Franke, daughter of Karen and Dan Franke of Mounds View, Minn., is a biology and Spanish major. At Saint Mary’s, she ran cross country and track and field and served as captain for two years. She is a leader of Buddies, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Tri-Beta Honor Society and is also involved with the Lasallian Honors Program and Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Aside from these activities, she worked as a tutor in the Writing Studio and played the violin in the Chamber Orchestra. After graduation, she plans to do research at Mayo Clinic in the Graduate Research Employment Program and apply to medical schools for the following year.
Solomon Liebl, son of Peter and Marcia Liebl of Fertile, Minn., is a finance and philosophy major with a minor in psychology. At Saint Mary’s, he participated in Campus Ministry events and retreats, Lasallian Days of Service, and Concert and Chamber Choir. He took part in Gaslight, Blue Angel, and Fireside shows, as well as played piano and organ for Mass. He was also a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, Delta Mu Delta, Theta Alpha Kappa, and was inducted to Psi Chi (national honor societies). He is a member of the Student Senate finance committee and worked as a tutor for Student Success. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in corporate finance.
Michele Remer, daughter of Jim and Joann Remer of Grand Forks, N.D., is an environmental biology major with minors in psychology and zoology. At Saint Mary’s, she played on the Cardinal women’s basketball team and also played basketball with Buddies. She was last year’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and has participated in the Lasallian Honors Program, Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society, Tri Beta Honor Society, and Psi Chi Honor Society. She has also been a student leader for Outdoor Leadership for the past two years and was a tutor in the Writing Studio. She has also worked at GeoSpatial Services since May 2019. After graduation, she will travel to Senegal to serve in the Peace Corps as a forestry and environment specialist.
Kyle Meeh, son of Bill and Cathy Meeh of St. Louis, is a management and marketing double major. He has served as captain of the men’s hockey team for the past two years, competed in various intramurals, and was a member of Student Athletic Advisory Committee. After graduation, he plans to live out his dream of playing professional hockey. Eventually, he plans to take over the family business in St. Louis and run the company with his father, uncle, and cousin.