April 24, 2005 -- Belmont Abbey College and its Alumni Association will induct 14 alumni in a special ceremony unveiling its first Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 6:00 PM in the Student Commons, Belmont Abbey College.
“ The honorees, who represent communities from all over the country, are proven leaders and have been extremely successful in their career... ”
The ceremony, which is by-invitation-only and will follow dinner and cocktails, will highlight the achievements of some of the Abbey’s most successful and influential graduates.
“The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame is to show current and future students what can be accomplished with a Belmont Abbey College education
Educational (language Immersion) Soccer Programs Worldwide!
Check out EduKick's Education & Soccer Camps!
,” says Fran Kirk Piñeros ’99, director of alumni and parent relations at Belmont Abbey. “We’re honoring a wide range of alumni – spanning the Class of 1936 to the Class of 1999. The honorees, who represent communities from all over the country, are proven leaders and have been extremely successful in their careers.”
The list of honorees include; Congressman Patrick McHenry ’99; Dr. Kevin Soden ’68, author and Today Show medical coorespondent; Kevin O’Connor ’69, senior vice president of operations for the Utah Jazz;Capt. Louis Antosek ’68, commanding officer of the Naval Medical Research Center; Dr. James O’Leary ’63, renowned surgeon from New Orleans; entrepreneur Bridget Scholl Beck ’49 SHA; former Belmont Abbey College president and chancellor Abbot Walter Coggin, O.S.B ’36; Regina Moody ’73, president and chief executive officer of Holy Angels, Inc.; Robert Dineen ’71, president and CEO of Lincoln Financial Advisors; Sr. Mary Thomas Burke ’58 with the Sisters of Mercy; Jim Gates ’79, library director at the National Baseball Hall of Fame; George Horner, III ’66, president and CEO of Vicuron Pharmaseuticals; Luis Lobo ’83, regional president for BB&T; and Dr. Robert Preston ’53, former Belmont Abbey College president and director of the Bradley Institute for the Study of Christian Culture.
The Distinguished Wall of Fame, which will include photos and biographies of each alum, will be on display in the College’s administration building outside the Office of Admissions and the Registrar’s Office in Stowe Hall.
Each of the 14 inductees was nominated by their fellow alumni and then selected by a committee that included chairman Phil Kiefer ’68, Abbor Placid Solari, O.S.B., Fr. John Oetgen, O.S.B. ’45 and members of the National Alumni Board.
“I always knew my degree was valuable,” says Piñeros, who graduated from the Abbey in 1999. “But to see these alums who share my alma mater, it makes it priceless.”
Ranked one of the best liberal arts colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report, Belmont Abbey College celebrates excellence and virtue steeped in its 128 year Catholic Benedictine heritage. It is home to students from over 34 states and 17 countries and welcome everyone from any background or tradition committed to this vision of excellence and virtue. The campus consists of the College, the Monastery and the Abbey Basilica, which can be found on its sprawling 650 acres of picturesque landscape.
Just minutes from Charlotte, NC, the nation’s second largest banking center, Belmont Abbey College offers students numerous internship opportunities and career placement.
The College believes in development of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. By offering a wide array of clubs and activities including, Division II athletics, theatre, publications, and study abroad, Belmont Abbey College invests in the personal growth of its students.
Founded in 1876, the College celebrates its heritage and is inspired by the Benedictine monastic tradition. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the College and Abbey Basilica greet thousands of visitors each year.