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College of Liberal Arts honors three SJMC alumni with Alumni of Notable Achievement Award


claana09.jpgThe College of Liberal Arts (CLA) honored three SJMC alumni this year with its Alumni of Notable Achievement (ANA) Award: Mary Kay Baumann (B.A. '73) and Craig Thompson (B.A. '78) were honored at the fall ANA banquet on Sept. 16, 2008, and Bruce Benidt (M.A. '75) was recognized at the spring ANA banquet on March 25, 2009.

One of the nation's leading editorial art directors, Baumann is a partner and founder of Hopkins/Baumann, with offices in Minneapolis and New York. In his remarks at the Sept. 16 ANA banquet, CLA Dean James Parente noted, "You have distinguished yourself as an outstanding practitioner and educator in visual communication, making a lasting mark on the international publishing industry."

Thompson is the commissioner and founder of the NCAA Mountain West Conference. In presenting the award to him, Dean Parente remarked, "You have distinguished yourself as a leading figure in national collegiate athletics administration. Through your rise in sports public relations to your commissionerships with the American South, Sun Belt and Mountain West Conferences, you have proven your visionary talents ..."

Benidt, a former reporter for the Star Tribune and public relations professional for Weber Shandwick, has parlayed his lifelong love affair with the art of writing into a varied and successful career. He is an executive communications coach and teaches journalism and communication at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.