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. In honor of the HCAA's 150th year, the In Hoc Signo Awards were presented at the Homecoming Harvest Celebration. See a list of past recipients»
Rabbi Norman M. Cohen ‘72 is well known for his substantial commitment to the College and his spiritual care of its community. For nearly 20 years, he has made pastoral visits to campus, during which he ministers to the spiritual needs of Jewish students and faculty, as well as mentors Jewish students, teaches classes, hosts a Shabbat dinner, and interacts with Jesuits and students of all faiths. In addition, he has taken part in College spirituality retreats and assisted with the recruitment of Jewish students; he has been a participant and leader in alumni club activities since he graduated.
Among his many efforts on behalf of Holy Cross, Rabbi Cohen delivered the Kraft-Hiatt lecture in 2001, co-led an alumni pilgrimage to Israel in 2014 and conducted a model Seder for Montserrat students in 2018. He has taught in Cincinnati and the Twin Cities of Minnesota at several Christian colleges and universities including Xavier, United Theological Seminary, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas. He is the author of the book “Jewish Bible Personages in the New Testament.”
Retired yet active in a number of civic, community and rabbinic organizations, Rabbi Cohen is founding rabbi and now rabbi emeritus of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka, Minnesota; he and his wife, Andrea, spend winters in Arizona, where he is a rabbinic consultant to several congregations.
Kathleen Taylor Connolly ‘77 has served Holy Cross as a loyal and engaged alumna for more than 40 years.
A class chair since graduation, she is recognized for her incredible leadership and energetic commitment to keeping her classmates connected to each other and to the College. Through countless phone calls, emails, texts and Facebook messages — even in person at events around the country — Taylor Connolly uses her talents and enthusiasm to foster interaction and champion the College’s efforts among her class.
And her endeavors have resulted in high levels of support: The class of 1977 consistently exceeds the 50 percent participation mark each year, and its members raised a record-setting $317,455 for the Holy Cross Fund during their 30th reunion. In addition to her work on behalf of her class, Taylor Connolly has also served on the HCAA’s board of directors, from 2011-2014, and was an active and engaged member of the HCAA Dinner Committee.
Taylor Connolly is a past member of the board of directors of the Rochester Community Schools Foundation and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council. She is employed by Association Management Resources and resides in Rochester Hills, Michigan, with husband, Joe ’77.
Stephen J. Kelleher Jr. ‘71, P02, 00 is an energetic leader whose wisdom and skill have advanced the HCAA for more than 20 years.
Since 1998, Kelleher has reliably and enthusiastically volunteered with the HCAA as a member of the board of directors or the alumni senate. He has served on the Alumni Career Services Advisory Committee since 2005, and was previously a member of the Alumni Admissions Committee for six years. Kelleher served on the executive committee of the HCAA board on three separate occasions, and his sound advice and encouragement have been sought by numerous HCAA presidents. A class agent, he is a former president of the Holy Cross Club of Maine.
As co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, from 2013- 2014 and 2016-2017, Kelleher put forth significant time, effort and organizational skill in evaluating the programmatic success of the HCAA. The resulting strategic plan he oversaw has guided the HCAA in the years since.
A retired health care administration and policy consultant, Kelleher and his wife, Kathy, reside in Harwich, Massachusetts.
Michael J. Toner ‘63 has enthusiastically served Holy Cross — and, particularly, the class of 1963 — for four decades.
Described by classmates as an “inspirational leader,” “role model” and the “glue that binds” them, Toner has served as class correspondent, class agent and/ or class chair for more than 40 years, keeping members of the class of ’63 connected through his engaging and humorous communications.
Toner has planned several successful reunions, all of which have strengthened bonds and Holy Cross loyalty among classmates. In fact, at its 50th reunion, the class of ’63 achieved the second highest gift total for a 50th reunion class, as well as the highest annual fund total — this in addition to its ongoing record of 77 percent class participation. On off-reunion years, he has been instrumental in organizing the class’ popular summer gathering at Saratoga Race Track in New York.
Toner also served as a board member for the Class of ’63 Foundation, which provided financial and other assistance to classmates and family members who are most in need.
A psychologist for many years, Toner is currently president of Setauket Financial Center. He and his wife, Mary, reside in South Setauket, New York.
2019 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. This award was also presented at this year's Homecoming Harvest Celebration.
Payton A. Shubrick ’15 dedicated her time and talents to Holy Cross while she was a student — and has continued to serve alma mater ever since.
As a student, Shubrick was copresident of the SGA and co-chair of the Black Student Union. As an alumna, she serves on the HCAA board of directors and is a current or former member of the following HCAA committees: Bishop Healy, 150th Celebrations, Dinner and Young Alumni, the latter of which she is co-chair. Known for her exceptional enthusiasm for and commitment to the HCAA and the College,
Shubrick has also served as a member of the BSU 50th Anniversary Planning Committee and as a presenter at the 2017 and 2018 Holy Cross Women in Business conferences; she is currently a member of President’s Council and its Executive Committee.
Shubrick is an innovation & design thinking manager with Mass Mutual Financial Group and resides in Springfield, Massachusetts.