Honoree with plaque
February 5, 2015

LACEY, Wash. — Four alumni of Saint Martin’s University are slated to receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award during the University’s Homecoming 2015 festivities, to be held February 13-15 on the Lacey campus.

The award recipients, as well as all Saint Martin’s alumni, will be recognized Saturday, February 14, during a luncheon that will take place from noon – 1:45 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center.

This year’s award recipients are:

Jonathan Sprouffske '04 - Service to Community
Jonathan Sprouffske graduated from Saint Martin's in 2004 with a double major in business administration and theatre arts. During his time at Saint Martin's, he was a residential assistant, a member of the track and field team, and served as student body president. Since graduating, Sprouffske has continued his community involvement. He is in his eighth year of service as fire commissioner for SE Thurston Fire and EMS, participates in and supports the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Thurston County and serves as president of the Gateway Rotary Club.

Tom Hillier '69 - Professional Achievement
Tom Hillier graduated from Saint Martin's in 1969 with a degree in economics. He continued his education at and received a degree from Gongaza University School of Law in 1973. Hillier moved to Seattle to work as an attorney in the newly created Federal Public Defender's office. He has argued in front of the United States Supreme Court and has appeared before the Ninth Circuit on many occasions. Hillier has received numerous awards, such as the William O. Douglas Award "for outstanding and sustained contributions to the cause of civil liberties" and the Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Seattle-King County Bar Association.

Dr. Chris Harris HS'55, '59 - Professional Achievement
Chris Harris attended Saint Martin's High School and college. While at Saint Martin's, he was known as one of the smartest guys on campus. He graduated from college a year early and went on to medical school at Saint Louis University. Harris served in the Army after medical school and it was there that he became interested in psychiatry. He returned to Seattle and opened his psychiatry practice in 1969 after completing his residency at the Veteran's Administration and the University of Washington. Harris was an expert witness for prosecutors and defense attorneys. His profile cases include the Green River killer and Ted Bundy.

Inge Marcus '82 - Service to Saint Martin's University
Inge Marcus, a native of Denmark, became involved with Saint Martin's as a student, finishing her biology degree in 1982. Her dedication to Saint Martin's continued as Marcus became a member of the faculty as an assistant professor of biology and spent nearly 20 years teaching. Her service to Saint Martin's also shows in her volunteerism and contributions to the University. Marcus served as co-chair, along with her husband, Hal, on the O'Grady Library campaign from 1994-1999. She has remained active with each subsequent capital building effort, including support for the A Winning Spirit Campaign and the Engineering Initiative. Marcus has said that Saint Martin's is a unique community where almost anybody can make a difference by being active and supportive in the life of the campus.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes nearly 1,200 undergraduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Jim Guerci
Director of Alumni Relations
360-438-4492; jguerci@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu