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Alumna/Alumnus of the Year

Recognized as the 19th annual Alumnus of the Year at commencement was Aaron Dowd ’99. In his announcement of the award, Scotus president Jeff Ohnoutka said, “We want to recognize the extraordinary efforts Aaron has put forth to make our Secretary Chuck Hagel STEAM Lab project a tremendous success. Aaron guided Scotus with the initiation and development of the concept for the Hagel STEAM Lab. He served as the liaison with Secretary Hagel; personally reached out to all of the donors, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars; and facilitated introductions for collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s STEM program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Girls Who Code, and others. Aaron continues to selflessly volunteer his time to make others aware of the opportunity to support the project…. Aaron has spearheaded a welcome strategic outlook toward the future needs and direction of Scotus in a changing world to help ensure future generations continue to experience and receive a first-class education.”
Aaron worked for over ten years for Secretary Hagel, former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator. He currently works with an international diversified holding company in Washington, DC. He is married to Anna Dowd, a NATO official, and has one daughter.

Criteria for Selection:
• Support of Catholic Education (volunteer, financial, sending children to, etc)
• Excellence in their vocation as a parent, professional or clergy member
• Civic involvement (leadership and voluntary involvement, club memberships, etc.)
• Parish involvement

Alumnus/na of Year Inductees/ Induction Year/ Graduation Year
Fr. Damien Zuerlein/ 2000 /1973
Carroll Melliger/ 2001/ 1941
Sr. Christine Hayes/ 2002/ 1951
Joe Tooley/ 2003/ 1955
Mike Moser/ 2004/ 1969
Karen Gdowski Mroczek/ 2005/ 1973
Fr. Jeff Loseke/ 2006/ 1992
Gregg Melliger/ 2007/ 1975
Al Niedbalski/ 2008/ 1971
Linda Schrad Levos/ 2009/ 1975
Tony & Phyl (Foltz) Zabawa/ 2010/ 1942 & 1942
Mike & Agne (Placzek) Pickhinke/ 2011/ 1950
Bill and Linda Vobril Kosch/ 2012/ 1968, 1968
Tim and Amy (Maguire) Harrington/ 2013/ 1977, 1978
Jeanne Kopetzky DeRuyscher/ 2014/ 1971
Gerry and Kathy (Kurtenbach) Engelbert/ 2015/ Honorary, 1958
Todd and Lisa (Cielocha) Duren/ 2017/1985
Aaron Dowd/2018/1999

If you would like to nominate a Shamrock graduate for the Alumna/Alumnus of the Year Award, please send your nomination to the: Scotus Development Office, 1554 18 Ave, Columbus NE 68601 or by E-mail at jschueth@esu7.org. (Alumna is for women and Alumnus is for men)

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