SJPS Foundation seeking Distinguished Alumni nominations

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established by the SJPS Foundation to honor alumni who have excelled in their profession or made contributions to the St. Joseph community. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15.

A committee, headed by Bill Benner, selects recipients based on different criteria.

They have to be a graduate of St. Joseph Public Schools for 10 or more years, demonstrate a high level of achievement in their category and made significant contributions, or exhibit inspirational leadership, character and service.

This is the fifth presentation of this award. Last year’s recipients were Col. Melvyn Remus, class of 1950; Rick Dyer, class of 1976; and Michael Swanson, class of 1987.

SJPS Foundation Administrator Sue Riemland said 13 St. Joseph graduates have been honored since the Distinguished Alumni was first created.

“Those nominated, bring a wide range of achievements and experiences with them,” Riemland said. “All of the alumni honorees exhibit strong leadership characteristics and serve as a fine example to our current students.”

Riemland said the foundation receives a lot of nominations, enough so they have held some that are not selected to at least be considered for a later date.

The awards will be presented at a special reception prior to the high school commencement ceremony on June 5. Recipients will also be seated with the graduates and recognized at the commencement ceremony that evening.

Previous recipient’s photos and bio information can be viewed on the foundation’s website at

Those wishing to nominate an individual for this award can obtain an application from the foundation’s website. The completed application can be mailed to the foundation or emailed to

People with questions can call the foundation’s office at 269-926-3252.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Oct. 31, 2015)

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