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Recognizing Alumni Achievement — 2010

For 29 years, the Fontbonne University Alumni Association has recognized outstanding alumni through the bestowal of annual alumni awards. This year, the Alumni Association Board of Directors honored five alumni on Sunday, Sept. 26, during Reunion Weekend 2010. These five individuals have made significant contributions to the university, the Alumni Association and their communities. Fontbonne applauds their service and leadership.


Service to the University Award – Susan Puetz Lenihan ’75

The Service to the University Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who demonstrates outstanding loyalty, service and dedication to the university and to the Fontbonne alumni association.

Dr. Susan Lenihan, professor of communication disorders and deaf education and director of Fontbonne’s deaf education program, has taught at Fontbonne for more than X years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in deaf education in 1975, then worked as a teacher of the deaf with the U.S. Peace Corps, the Special School District, St. Joseph Institute and Webster University. She became a part-time instructor in deaf education at Fontbonne prior to assuming her current position. 

Dedicated to the field of education at all levels, Lenihan has received Fontbonne’s highest faculty award, the Joan Goostree Stevens Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award; and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a member of the honor societies Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, and her professional certifications license her to teach in her highly specialized field in both elementary and secondary schools in Missouri and Texas.

Her publications are numerous, and her presentations — both solo and collaborative — have taken her all over the United States, Costa Rica and Germany. Additionally, Lenihan has mentored graduate students during learning experiences in Costa Rica and Europe.


Professional Achievement Award – Anne C. Ewers ‘74

The Professional Achievement Award is presented to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of professional accomplishment.

In 1974, Anne Ewers received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Fontbonne University. Twenty-eight years later, she became President & CEO of Kimmel Center Inc. (KCI), a $35 million Philadelphia organization that owns and operates the Kimmel Center and manages the Academy of Music, home to eight resident companies and the Merriam Theater.

In her inaugural year with KCI, the company retired its construction debt, raised the endowment, garnered $10 million to establish an annual citywide festival and closed the fiscal year with a large surplus.

But before she became an executive, Ewers, who also holds a Master of Music in Opera Production, followed her passion — opera theater. She made her main stage debut with the San Francisco Opera during the 1988-89 season, directing La Gioconda, and she has produced more than 60 opera productions over the course of her career.

Active in her community and in several professional organizations, she is a board member of The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and serves on the board of advisors for Opera Boston and Organic Theatre Company (Chicago). She is also a frequent panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.


Service to the Community Award – Anita Buie Lamont ‘69

The Service to the Community Award is given to an alumnus or alumna recognizing outstanding contributions made to the community.

A former English major and psychology minor, Anita Lamont put her Fontbonne University degree to good use. During her years in college, she not only co-edited The Font, but she also won an Atlantic Monthly short story contest.

Later, Lamont began her professional career at a small-town Missouri newspaper, then moved to the St. Louis Globe Democrat where she remained for fifteen years. As a feature writer and editor, she covered everything from political conventions to interviews with celebrities like Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Nancy Reagan and Tennessee Williams. When the Globe ceased publication, she shifted her focus to the business world and now serves as senior director of corporate communications and spokesperson for Charter Communications Inc.

Lamon’s repertoire of community service includes work with the Junior League of St. Louis where she chaired the annual giving program and served on the board. Other board memberships or committees include Kids in the Middle, United Way of Greater St. Louis Children’s Allocation Panel, Therapeutic Horsemanship, Focus St. Louis, Caring for Kids and the Fontbonne University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Lamont is currently active with the Wellness Community and the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Society – the Power of the Purse. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Committee of Forest Park Forever.


OPTIONS Alumni Award – Timothy Fitch MM ‘99

The OPTIONS Alumni Award is given to an OPTIONS alumnus or alumna for serving as a professional inspiration to others, for distinction in business and/or for the ability to lead in a professional manner.

Timothy Fitch, a native of St. Louis, started his career with the St. Louis County Police Department as a patrol officer in 1983. He has since worked his way up the ranks, becoming Chief of Police on June 10, 2009.

Born in St. Louis and raised in Cahokia, Ill., he has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Truman State University and a Master’s in Management from Fontbonne University.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Program. He is a member of and has held office in several organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Missouri Police Chief’s Association, St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association, FBI National Academy Associates and Law Enforcement Officials of Greater St. Louis.

Chief Fitch belongs to the Backstoppers and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and he serves on the board of directors for the St. Louis Crusade Against Crime. He is a certified assessor and team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®). In addition, he is an adjunct instructor for Lindenwood University and the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy.


Young Alumni Award – Jeffrey D. Maupin ‘98

The Young Alumni Award recognizes a traditional-age Fontbonne alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last fifteen years. It is given for outstanding achievement in a career field, service to the university or community service.

A native of Saint Clair, Mo., Jeffrey Maupin graduated from Fontbonne in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. During his college years at Fontbonne, Maupin was a four-year member of the men’s basketball team and belonged to the Student Athletic Council.

After graduation, Maupin pursued a career in banking. In 2003 he joined Farmers & Merchants Bank, an independent community bank where he was promoted to the position of assistant vice president a year later. He currently serves as assistant vice president and branch manager of the bank’s Eureka branch.

In addition to his undergraduate degree, Maupin has pursued further education in banking at Midwest Banking School at Illinois Wesleyan University and American Bankers Association Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University. He is a member of Missouri Bankers Association, Independent Community Bankers Association, the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, the High Ridge Chapter of Business Network International, the Elks Club and the Lions Club.

In September 2007, Maupin was among a select group of Fontbonne alumni to be inducted into the Fontbonne University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. In addition, he continues to stay involved with the university and regularly attends alumni events.

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