Congratulations to our 2019 Distinguished Alumni

Saint Martin’s established the Distinguished Alumni Awards in the early 1980s to recognize outstanding graduates for their individual achievements, contributions to their industry or profession, service to their community and loyalty to our University. The Distinguished Alumni Awards is one of the highest honors given by Saint Martin's to a graduate or attendee. View past honorees.

This year's honorees will be recognized during a Homecoming Weekend luncheon on Feb. 23. All are welcome to attend; please register online for Homecoming events.

Read more about our 2019 Distinguished Alumni honorees

Armandino “Dino” Batali ’59

Armandino “Dino” Batali ’59

Major: Pre-medical
Location: Seattle, WA
Recognized for: Service to Saint Martin’s

Committee membership: Saint Martin’s Board of Trustees, class reunion planning, University alumni relations, University event planning, gala planning
Career highlights: Boeing process engineer (retired) and owner of Salumi, restaurant and salumeria in Seattle's Pioneer Square
Most influenced by: Fr. Bede, Fr. Placidus, Fr. Christopher, Fr. Bertran, Br. Hugh, Mike Contris, Fr. Eugene, Fr. Augustine
Favorite campus memory: The environment of simplicity and value of hospitality
Proudest achievement: My family and the opportunity to live in Europe
Advice to current students: "Soak in the Spirit, the campus feelings, the trees, the Church, the Benedictine values that can/will be with you forever."

Kenneth Berchtold ’59 (posthumous)

Kenneth Berchtold ’59

Major: Accounting
Location: Seattle, WA
Recognized for: Service to Saint Martin’s

Committee membership: Student body president (late-1950s); University patron and volunteer; contributor for major campus capital projects; funded scholarship endowment supporting business major students; Board of Trustees (2010 to 2016; Finance Committee Chair, Investment and Audit Committees, President’s Advisory Council)
Career highlights: Boeing finance and business manager (11 years); Northrop Grumman corporate financial vice president (retired 1997)

Patrick Crumb ’85

Patrick Crumb ’85

Major: Political Science
Location: Seattle, WA
Recognized for: Professional achievement

Career highlights: Current president of AT&T Sports Networks; former senior executive at DIRECTV, Liberty Media and Fox/News Corporation; former practicing attorney and a partner at two prominent Seattle law firms
Honors and awards: Networks won over 50 Emmy awards for sports productions; named one of the most influential executives in the sports television industry (2017) by The Sports Business Journal and Broadcasting & Cable Magazine 
Favorite campus memory: My entire freshman year
Proudest achievement: My children, Maxon and Lauren
Advice to current students: "Learn how to learn… and then just keep learning."

Br. Boniface V. Lazzari, O.S.B. ’67

Br. Boniface V. Lazzari,
O.S.B. ’67

Major: Education
Location: Lacey, WA
Recognized for: Benedictine service

Committee membership: Saint Martin's Board of Trustees, Board of Directors of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra (two-time past-president), Abbey’s Martin of Tours Collection of Pacific Northwest Art (current curator), University faculty search, University faculty and staff recognition, Abbey Church Events (for nearly three decades; current director)
Career highlights: Member of Saint Martin’s Abbey (1964 to present); educator (1966 to present; world languages, Spanish, English and religious studies)
Favorite campus memory: My work and projects, and being a Saint Martin’s resource in local the community
Proudest achievement: My work as an educator and my work in the arts

Christine Schoonover ’69

Christine Schoonover ’69

Major: English
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Recognized for: Professional achievement

Committee membership: Board member and active volunteer for numerous nonprofit and professional organizations throughout career
Career highlights: Visionary real estate professional with four decades of experience and lead sales agent for over 15 new construction condo projects; work has been primarily focused on the development of quality housing for those of every economic level
Honors and awards: Named one of top 10 business women in Cincinnati; recognized by Cincinnati Magazine as one of 40 most influential people who shaped city over past 25 years; honored in both professional and civic circles in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio as a catalyst for change

Michael Waske ’66

Michael Waske ’66

Major: Sociology
Location: Seattle, WA
Recognized for: Service to community

Career highlights: Over 40 years trade union movement service (with 27 years in local and international union arenas); AFL-CIO, Solidarity Center country director for Belarus, Lithuania and Poland; served in Russia, Ukraine and Greece with AFL-CIO under grants from USAID
Honors and awards: Received "Order Of Merit” from President of Poland (2007)
Most influenced by: Fr. Kilian
Favorite campus memory: The small, caring community where one learned involvement (or lack of such) had a major effect on not only the community but also yourself
Proudest achievement: Working with activists, Solidarity movement founders and Polish government in transition from "fixed" economy to new democratic market economy
Advice to current students: "Don't miss the opportunity of a lifetime; be involved!"