Fontbonne University honored several individuals recently at its annual Founders Awards Dinner. Michele Eckenfels Benya, a 1974 Fontbonne graduate, received the Distinguished Service in Generosity to the Poor Award for her work with the Missionaries of Charity. Sister Carol Brouilette, a 1957 Fontbonne graduate, and Sister Martha Heimer, both Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, accepted the Distinguished Service in Care and Preservation of the Earth Award for a variety of activities involved in the Earth Spirituality Center, an effort they founded in 2004. Nina Kassing Bryans, a 1957 Fontbonne graduate, was honored with the Distinguished Service in Volunteerism and Leadership Award for her volunteer work with a variety of organizations. Nancy Nabbefeld Jersa, a 1961 Fontbonne graduate, received the Distinguished Service to Developmentally Disabled Individuals and to her Parish Community Award for her work with Sunnyhill, a non-profit organization, as well as with her parish community. Sister Gail Charisse Trippett, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, was honored with the Distinguished Service to Inner-City Education and Development of Student Leadership Award for her work in education and as principal of Central Catholic St. Nicholas School and Academy.
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts, professional and adult programs. Fontbonne was founded in 1923 and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Pictured, left to right, are the 2008 Fontbonne University Founders Awardees: Michele Eckenfels Benya; Sister Carol Brouilette, CSJ; Sister Gail Charisse Trippett, CSJ; Nancy Nabbefeld Jersa; Nina Kassing Bryans; and Sister Martha Heimer, CSJ.
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