2016 - Dr. Susan Keim '75
Sheila Hughes Weiford '66 Outstanding Alum Award
In 2012, Notre Dame de Sion School established the first alum award that will be presented annually to a Sion alum who exudes excellence in his or her career or dedication to the school.
The Notre Dame de Sion alum selection committee is excited to honor Dr. Susan Keim '75 as the recipient of the 2016 Sheila Hughes Weiford '66 Outstanding Alum Award.
Dr. Keim received her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the university. Her areas of expertise are urban policy, citizen engagement, and leadership/followership. In addition, she facilitates strategic planning, community development, and team building for governments, businesses and nonprofits throughout the country.
Dr. Keim's great joy is working with local community leadership programs, helping them transform their communities through common threads of understanding and engagement. She has won the Preceptor Award and the Distinguished Leader Award from the National Community Leadership Association.
While her community involvement is extremely impressive, she manages to stay connected to her Sion roots. Dr. Keim's classmate, Sheila Calovich, said she is "the glue that keeps her classmates together." We are thrilled to present this award to such a deserving individual!
Please join the Sion community in congratulating Dr. Keim at the Alumni Honors Luncheon during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 15.
Nominate an Alum
Do you know someone who should be considered for the Sheila Hughes Weiford '66 Outstanding Alum Award? Please take the time to submit the nomination to the Alumnae(i) Office. The nominee will appreciate your efforts.
Award nominees must be alumnae(i) of Notre Dame de Sion School who graduated from the high school at least 10 years ago and/or graduated from the grade school at least 14 years ago. Current members of Notre Dame de Sion boards, administration, faculty or staff are ineligible for nomination.
Please write a brief portrayal of why this alum is exemplary, and feel free to include any publications or notable works featuring the nominee. We encourage specific, thoughtful submissions as Selection Committee members may not be familiar with each nominee. Click here to submit a nomination.
Nominations for the 2016 recipient are no longer being accepted. Check back for more information about the 2017 deadlines.
The Selection Committee consists of the Director of Alumni Relations, the President of the Alumnae Association, two high school alumnae representatives and a grade school alumnus(a) representative.
Sheila Hughes Weiford '66
The award is named after the first recipient, Sheila Hughes Weiford '66, for her countless hours of service to Sion. Sheila graduated from the Grade School in 1962 and the High School in 1966. She joined the Alumnae Association Board as a member at large in 1972, and served as President for two terms. Returning to Sion in 1988 as a volunteer, she assisted with recruitment at the High School. In 1990, she was hired into the Admissions and Advancement Office and by 1999 was the Director of Advancement and Alumnae(i) Affairs. During her career at Sion, Sheila raised funds for the Grade School Science Center, the High School Science and Technology Center and established the Ratisbonne Planned Giving Society; all while keeping our alums czonnected to their alma mater. Her knowledge of Sion is unparalleled and she has been dedicated to maintaining and growing our heritage collection.
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