Calumet College of St. Joseph wore its Sunday best to celebrate the 51st annual Trustees’ Scholarship Ball.
The Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster was the scene for this year’s ball on April 16.
It’s where administrators, alumni, students and donators had cocktails, appetizers and a delicious dinner.
CCSJ alumnus Robert Winston Milos, class of 1994, was honored for his generous contributions to the school.
Milos shared with The Shavings his story about how he couldn’t finish his studies in 1987 at Indiana State University because economic difficulties.
That’s when he met Br. Ben Basile, instructor at CCSJ and member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, who told him that by being a good student at CCSJ, he would be able to finish his degree without any problems.
Because all the support Milos received from CCSJ, he feels grateful and now that he can, he wants to give back and help.
“Now that I am in a position where I can give, I want to help the school that supported me when I needed it the most,” Milos said.
Dr. Daniel Lowery, president of CCSJ, started the ceremony by showing a three minutes film made by the club organizations, Honors Learning Community and Crimson Wave athletes who thanked the contributors and donors for their kindness and cooperation with the school.
“Please know that our students are most appreciative for the opportunities you make possible for them. The vast majority of our students are first generation students. The vast majority of our students couldn’t even consider attending to college, if it wasn’t for your generosity,” Dr. Dan Lowery said. “It makes all the difference in the world so we are most grateful to our underwriters, we are most grateful to you, for all that you do on behave of our students.”
Herb Yekel, Class 75’ and 2016 winner of the Alumni Award for his stewardship and service to CCSJ, nostalgically talked about his experience as Alumni Director that lasted more than a decade.
“I am very honored to accept this award. I’ve had a wonderful time in those ten years and it just feels great that my services have been recognized. I will remember Calumet College for ever,” Yekel said.
Edgewater Behavioral Health Services of Gary received the Corporate Leadership Award for its consistent and collaborative approach to community problem solving. Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, President and CEO of Edgewater, received the award on behalf of her company.
“I am humble to receive this award of behalf of the staff of Edgewater,” Dr. Johnson said. “ Edgewater has been on board for about 40 years, and I have never had a team of people who are always so great to meet the challenge, whatever it is that is identified as a need of health care and specifically of mental health, or addictions, our team is ready to take on that challenge.”
Dr. Johnson expressed her gratitude to CCSJ for the tribute.
“We are very proud to receive this award and I do want to thank Calumet College, the Board of Trustees and all the staff for recognizing all the work that we do.”
The Worker Award is considered one of the highest honors at CCSJ.
The Board of Trustees selected Lou Martinez, vice president of the Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home for Girls in East Chicago, board member of One Region and CCSJ, as this year’s recipient for the Worker Award.
Martinez was recognized for his leadership and his service with groups like the Indiana Department of Family Services, the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana, and President’s Council United Way of America.
“Thank you the Trustees and College for this award,” said Martinez. “I want to thank my wife for all her support, I would not actually be here without her support. I just want to say thank you to all. This is a great place to live and work in Northwest Indiana.”
Ester Diaz, Director of Institutional Advancement at CCSJ, was recognized for making this year’s ball possible. The night closed with dancing with music provided by Phase4 Band.
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