honours distinguished alumni
SASKATOON — At the
annual meeting of the St. Thomas More College Corporation Nov. 6, the
2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards were announced.
The awards are given each
year to recognize an alumnus and alumna of the college who have demonstrated
outstanding service to the college, the church and the community. This
year’s recipients are Barb Berscheid and Art Battiste.
Berscheid’s long record
of community service includes St. Anne’s Parish, where her tenure
with the choir is approaching 20 years. She has chaired the Parish Pastoral
Council and has served on the finance committee.
Berscheid has also provided
service to St. Thomas More College, beginning in 1993 when she was elected
to Corporation as a member at large. The next year she was elected to
the board of governors and served for nine years. She has served the
board of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation for five years and has
chaired it for the past two. As chair of the foundation, she also sits
on the hospital board. For more than 12 years, she has volunteered in
the St. Paul’s Palliative Care Unit.
Battiste studied English
and philosophy at STM, earning an associate degree in English and a
post-degree diploma in education. During this time at STM, he was deeply
involved with Newman, acting as national convener, then western vice-president,
and finally national president. He is a life member of the John Henry
Newman Honour Society.
Battiste began his career
as a classroom teacher, and then he held numerous civil service positions
in Saskatchewan, federally and in Nova Scotia. He also served as Regina
regional director of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.
Battiste returned to his Saskatoon roots in 1995 as vice-president of a consulting and marketing research firm. His service to the community has included the University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board and the United Way. He is the immediate past president of the St. Thomas More College/Newman Alumni Association and has served on the STM Corporation for nine years.