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Alumni Honored During Reunion Weekend

Fontbonne University recently honored five alumni for their service and achievements during the university's annual reunion weekend.

Linda Kurz of Londell, a 1961 Fontbonne chemistry graduate, received the Service to the Community Award for her work with Habitat for Humanities of Franklin County, the World Affairs Council of Greater St. Louis, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Missouri Federation of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

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She is also a member of her parish council and choir at St. Francis of Assisi in Luebbering, Mo. Kurz served for 37 years with United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Joseph T. Ambrose of Chesterfield, who earned a master's of business administration through Fontbonne's OPTIONS program, received the Professional Achievement Award. Ambrose is the First Bank regional president, where he has worked for 14 years.

Ambrose also serves on the board of directors for the St. Patrick Center, St. Louis Sports Commission, Downtown St. Louis Partnership and The Boys' Club of St. Louis. He is a committee member with the St. Louis Italian Open and the St. Louis Zoo Governmental Affairs Committee and is active with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) and youth hockey.

Kathleen "Katie" Deimeke Morrow of Ferguson, a 2000 and 2006 Fontbonne mathematics and master's of computer education graduate, received the Young Alumni Award. Morrow is a mathematics teacher at St. Joseph's Academy and has also taught at St. Elizabeth's Academy. She was named to Who's Who Among High School Teachers.

Morrow has served the Fontbonne alumni association in many capacities, and she regularly attends and volunteers for alumni events.

Stephanie Evangelopoulos Vojicic of Sappington, a 2004 Fontbonne business administration graduate, received the OPTIONS Alumni Award. Vojicic is manager of sales at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, where she has worked for 11 years.

In 2005, Vojicic was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's "30 Under 30" list. She also received a leadership award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. While working full-time at Anthem, she earned her bachelor's degree through the Fontbonne's OPTIONS program.

Rita Marie Schmitz, CSJ, of St. Louis, a 1966 Fontbonne home economics graduate, received the University Award for outstanding loyalty, service and dedication to the university and to the Fontbonne Alumni Association. She is a professor of education and an accreditation coordinator at Fontbonne, where she has worked for 37 years.

In addition to her work at Fontbonne, Schmitz is a member of the board of trustees at Avila University and a member of the board of directors at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. She also serves as a lecturer and Eucharistic minister at her parish and ushers at The Fox Theatre.

Pictured at the awards ceremony, from left, Dr. Dennis Golden, Fontbonne University president; Stephanie Evangelopoulos Vojicic, Katie Deimeke Morrow, Linda Kurz, Rita Marie Schmitz, CSJ, Dorris Patton Finnegan, president of the Fontbonne University alumni association board of directors and Joseph T. Ambrose.