USF Celebrates Outstanding Alumni

More than 425 alumni and friends gathered
at Nob Hill’s Fairmont Hotel to celebrate the winners of USF’s 2014 alumni awards. The
spring gala and dinner also honored University President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., for his 14 years of service to USF.

AlumnaPhotos by Drew Altizer.


Annette Anton ’69, MA ’83

Annette Anton’s career has been shaped by a love of education in general, and USF in particular. For more than 50 years, she has been an educator, and a tireless advocate for the University of San Francisco.

As a freshman, during her first week on campus, John Lo Schiavo, S.J., (later USF’s 25th president), recruited her to help with a photo project.

That day started a lifelong friendship; it was also the day USF learned something important: if you need something done, ask Annette.

She was a teacher and administrator at San Francisco’s Presentation High School for more than 20 years. When the school closed its doors, an opportunity opened for USF, and the university  hired her as the assistant director of alumni relations. Her energy and enthusiasm later landed her the director post.

“I love USF, which is really saying I love the amazing people at USF,” Anton said. “Most of my friends have a USF connection, and whether we’re having dinner, or exploring the city, these are the people I count on the most, who support me, and inspire me. They’re not just part of my community, they are my community.”

There’s one more thing that Annette really, really loves about USF: Dons basketball. She’s been a season ticketholder for more than two decades, in both men’s and women’s hoops. A bigger fan simply doesn’t exist.

When Annette retired in 2012, there wasn’t even time for her to miss USF before she returned to campus—as a student at the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, where she takes classes on subjects such as presidential inauguration speeches, and the Book of Psalms.

Annette has never lived more than a mile away from the Hilltop Campus, and her warmth, enthusiasm, and deep love of USF reminds us that a university isn’t defined by its building, or its coursework, but by its people, which is perfect, because Annette Anton is one of the best people we know.



 

WE ASKED THE AWARD WINNERS THIS QUESTION: question

 

Kletter


Evan Kletter ’91

Alessandri Service Award

Many of my existing qualities were solidified at USF. My work ethic, values, commitment to altruism, my ability to interact with people and be a leader all help me in my chosen profession.

CEO of BAART Programs (offering drug treatment and rehabilitation nationwide), Chairman, USF San Francisco Alumni Regional Council

Urban


Hal Urban ’62, MA ’66, EdD ’78

School of Education
Edward J. Griffin Award

USF taught me about ethics, logic, service, and awareness of our greatest gift—free will. I had fabulous teachers. I learned the subject matter and how to teach it.

Teacher and author; passionate evangelist
for the importance of character education

 

Drennan


Maj. General Drennan A. “Tony” Clark ’59, JD ’64, USAF, Ret. ’91

Professional Achievement Award

A Jesuit Catholic education provided a solid moral and intellectual base that allowed me to lead a successful life.

Retired Adjutant General of the Nevada National Guard and Solicitor General of Nevada.

Jones


Clarence B. Jones

Professional Achievement Award

USF provided me with the infrastructure needed to teach my students at the highest level, allowing me to perform my personal and professional best.

USF Diversity Scholar;  Former speechwriter
for Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Lucas


Thomas M. Lucas, S.J.

Professional Achievement Award

The university gave me great freedom to experiment and trusted me to try all kinds of new initiatives, from getting art on campus to getting kids up on scaffolding making mosaics. USF allowed me to dream big and produce big.

Rector, Jesuit Community at Seattle University; Founding Director, USF Thacher Gallery

Henneberry


Jeanie Henneberry

Cable Car Award

The stand the ’51 Dons football team took against racism had an impact on me, and I’ve been impressed by the students of today and their understanding the magnitude of that decision.

Retired and married to Bill Henneberry ’52
of the 1951 Dons.

 

Farmer


Casey Farmer ’07

Fr. Stephen A. Privett, S.J. Living the Mission Award

The Erasmus program for social justice provided a great framework and vantage point to study social issues. Opportunities for critical thinking and unique coursework are hallmarks of USF.

Policy Analyst, Oakland City Council, District 3

Russell


LyRyan Russell ’02, MA ’12

Cable Car Award

USF helped sharpen my leadership skills. As a point guard, you have to be a leader on the court.

Head Coach of Girls Varsity Basketball, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory

 

 

 

 

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