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HCAA Annual Dinner

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

6:30 p.m. reception | 7:30 p.m. dinner
Hogan Campus Center Ballroom

Call (508) 793-2418  or email if you have questions.

The Holy Cross Alumni Association annual dinner provides an opportunity to recognize and honor alumni for their outstanding service and dedication to the College. The In Hoc Signo Award, the Association's highest honor, and the Young Alumni Leadership Award are presented at the dinner.

2017 Award Recipients »

2017 In Hoc Signo Award Winners

First presented in June 1960, the In Hoc Signo Award is an expression of respect and admiration for those alumni who have distinguished themselves by their dedicated, outstanding and lengthy service to the College, regional clubs, or their class, and often all three.  Click on each recipient's name for more information about his or her service to Holy Cross.  See a list of past recipients here »


Colleen M. Doern '89Colleen M. Doern ’89 has been an active, committed member of the HCAA since joining its Board of Directors in 2004. In that time, Doern has served on several HCAA committees in various capacities, including the Budget and Finance, Executive, IT, Nominations and Elections, HCAA Dinner and Strategic Planning committees, among others. Doern took on the role of HCAA vice president from 2011-2013, then president-elect from 2013-2014, before serving as president from 2014-2015. In this stewardship role, Doern demonstrated strong, thoughtful and forward-thinking leadership of the HCAA. Now as past president, she remains actively involved in the association, offering advice that draws on her experience and expertise, as well as serving on various ad-hoc committees. She also works closely with the Office of Alumni Relations as a volunteer for the Holy Cross Club of Metro New York City; she has been an alumni admissions volunteer since 2000. Doern resides in Hartsdale, New York, where she volunteers in her parish’s CCD program and at a local food pantry.

Ronald T. Maheu '64Ronald T. Maheu ’64 is well-known for his selfless, devoted service to the College — and particularly to the class of 1964. Described by many as the “glue” and the “heart and soul” of his class, Maheu has served as class chair since 1995, keeping classmates connected through his engaging letters as well as his personal emails, phone calls and visits. He has planned several successful and well-attended reunions and has been instrumental in setting and surpassing class fundraising goals, most notably when the class of 1964 raised more than $1 million in unrestricted gifts to the Holy Cross Fund in honor of their 50th reunion – a first for any class. Maheu is a member of the Fitton Society, and is actively involved in the College’s athletics program, as well as the Gridiron Club Leadership Council. A football player at Holy Cross, he was the driving force behind the creation of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor program, an honor society for alumni football playeres. Maheu, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was recognized as a “Man for Others” by his Holy Cross classmates during their 45th reunion for his successful efforts to save his alma mater Central Catholic High School (Lawrence, Massachusetts) from closure due to lack of funding. Maheu resides in Boston with his wife, Jane, and is retired from a career with PricewaterhouseCoopers; he currently serves on the boards of several organizations. Ron and Jane have three children.

Thomas F. McCabe '65Thomas F. McCabe ’65 has demonstrated caring and commendable service to Holy Cross and the class of 1965 for decades. The longtime class co-chair is tireless in his efforts to organize class reunions, dinners and gatherings, and also provide informative class letters. Under McCabe’s guidance, the class of 1965 has consistently distinguished itself in annual giving, with participation averaging more than 60 percent and reaching highs of 70 percent for its 25th reunion and 76 percent for its 50th reunion. He received the Matthew P. Cavanaugh ’20 Award for outstanding class chair in 2000, and his classmates dedicated a bench in his (and his co chair’s) honor at their 50th reunion. In addition, McCabe served as president of the Holy Cross Club of Cape Cod from 2013-2015. Based on his outstanding efforts to increase club membership and involvement, he received the HCAA’s Regional Club Volunteer Award in 2015, and the club’s Crusader of the Year Award in 2016. McCabe continues to sit on the HCAA Board of Directors and is a member of the Dinner Committee, among others. Retired from a distinguished career in business, McCabe resides in Dennis, Massachusetts, with his wife, Ginny, where his charitable endeavors include participating in the hospital chaplain ministry at Cape Cod Hospital and volunteering for his parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society. Tom and Ginny have four children including Sean, class of 1996.

The Hon. Harry K. Thomas Jr. '78 H16The Honorable Harry K. Thomas Jr. '78 H16 has a remarkable record of service to Holy Cross, its students and his fellow alumni. United States Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe, Thomas received an honorary degree from the College and addressed graduates during the commencement ceremony in 2016. He was a member of the College’s board of trustees from 2008-2010, and he served as guest speaker at the President’s Council dinner in 2008. Thomas is renowned for his generous engagement with the College. He has visited classrooms and met with students, faculty and staff to discuss careers in foreign service. He has worked closely with the College to provide students with valuable internships in Washington, D.C., and at the U.S. Embassies. And he has served as an outstanding mentor to students and alumni pursuing careers at the State Department. In addition, Thomas supports the HCAA’s Bishop Healy Committee and its efforts to achieve and maintain a diverse and multicultural campus. He serves as a resource to prospective students and has written recommendations for those interested in attending the College. The recipient of many honors from the State Department during his 32-year diplomatic career, Thomas’ professional roles include U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines and to Bangladesh, executive secretary of the U.S. Department of State and director general of the Foreign Service. A resident of Dulles, Virginia, Thomas is married to Mithi; they have three children.

2017 Young Alumni Leadership Award Winner

Established in June 2011, the Young Alumni Leadership Award recognizes a young alumnus/a who has graduated within the past ten years and has demonstrated outstanding service to alma mater through the Alumni Association's committees and activities, regional club or class.

Sarah M. Jensen '08Sarah M. Jensen '08 has been a loyal and dedicated Holy Cross volunteer for nearly a decade. A class chair since graduation, Jensen joined the HCAA board of directors in 2015, subsequently serving on both the Dinner and Spirituality committees; she is also a member of President’s Council. Recognized for her dependability and leadership, Jensen was asked to chair the Spirituality Committee after serving on it for just one year. Under her stewardship, the committee hosted a record six different events this spring, including a faith-based conversation during Winter Homecoming, book club discussions for two different books, “Stories of Faith” events in both Boston and New York City and the HCAA’s second annual visit to St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. In fact, Jensen has doubled the number of programs offered by the Spirituality Committee in her inaugural year as chair. Jensen is an account executive with Crown Media Family Networks and resides in New York City.

Hotel Information

The HCAA has booked a number of rooms for Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 at the following hotels. When calling to make your reservation, please indicate that you are with the “Holy Cross Homecoming” block to receive the discounted rate.

Courtyard Marriott*
There is no room block but just indicate that you would like the special Holy Cross visitor rate of $148.

72 Grove St, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 363-0300
$148 per night (plus taxes)

Hampton Inn & Suites
65 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 886-9005
$148 per night (plus taxes

Holiday Inn Express
10-12 Johnson Street
Auburn, MA 01501
$114 per night (plus taxes)

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Dinner Sponsors

The Doern Family - Dave '62, Maureen, Tim '91, Allison '93 & Grace '21
Bill O'Leary '62
Mr. and Mrs. Peter O'Connor '64

Regina '87 and Emmett '82 Daly
Richard Fisher '47

Hon. Charles Abdella '64
Greg Cahill '81, P14
Tracy and Jeff Barlok P19
MaryDoreen DiGiacamo '78
Katy and Bryan DiMare '06
The Duggan Family
Laura Cutone Godwin '96 and Jason Godwin
Margaret O'Rourke Granados '88 and Stefan Granados
Donna and Michael Hennessey '64
Paul LaCamera '64
Maureen E. Moran '89 and Kevin P. Cloherty
Pamela and Richard Peirce '67
Michael H. Shanahan '78, P10

Tom and Liz Cadigan '02
Schone Malliet '74
Edwin McLaughlin '78
Charles Millard '79
Hon. Robert Mulligan '65
Peter West '64