Spring Gala Honors USF Alums and Supporters

Spring Gala Award WinnersAlumni and other community members were honored at the Alumni Association’s Spring Gala in March. Among the award winners and other notables to attend were (front row, left to right) Anisha Weber MBA ’97 (Alumni Association Board of Directors president), USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., Bernard Orsi (Cable Car Award), Carol Williamson LM ’65 (Cable Car Award), Suzanne Giraudo ’71, EdD ’89 (Alumna of the Year), and Herman Papa ’58 (Alessandri Service Award); (back row, left to right) Timothy Alan Simon ’79 (Professional Achievement Award), Mary Hile-Nepfel ’81 (Professional Achievement Award), Matthew Lawrence ’96 (Alessandri Service Award), and Cortés Saunders EMBA ’00 (Alumni Relations interim director). Photo by Alexander Crook.

The Alumni Association held its annual Spring Gala March 31, honoring outstanding alumni and supporters for their commitment to the university.

The awards ceremony and banquet were at the San Francisco Olympic Club, America’s oldest athletic club and host to the 2012 U.S. Open golf tournament in June.

This year, the Alumni Association chose former USF Trustee Suzanne Giraudo ’71, EdD ’89 as Alumna of the Year. Giraudo, who was a trustee from 2002-11, is a psychologist at California Pacific Medical Center’s child development center, specializing in treating autism, and served on the USF President’s Commission on Health Professions Education. She—along with her husband, Louis Giraudo ’68, JD ’74, the Daughters of Charity, and the De La Salle Christian Brothers—founded San Francisco’s De Marillac Learning Academy, a tuition-free Catholic elementary and middle school.

The Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award went to California Public Utilities Commission Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon ’79 and basketball great Mary Hile-Nepfel ’81, director of Student-Athlete Consulting.

Herman Papa ’58, a trial attorney and active member of the Alumni Association’s San Francisco Regional Council, and Matthew Lawrence ’96, founder and owner of Camp4040 Consulting, received the Alessandri Service Award, honoring alumni who have made a lasting impact on the university community.

The Cable Car Award, presented to USF supporters who didn’t attend the university, went to Bernard Orsi and Carol Williamson LM ’65. Orsi is a longtime supporter and a Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation trustee. Williamson, a Lone Mountain College alumna, has carried on a 50-year family connection to USF established by her late husband, Raymond Williamson ’59, JD ’63—a former San Francisco Superior Court judge, who was a member of the Dons baseball team and longtime supporter of the program.

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