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Sr. Catherine I. Seiker, RSCJ Award

Diane Skowron Evans, ASH '70
2016-17 Sr. Catherine I. Seiker, RSCJ Award Recipient

The Sheridan Road Alumni Association (SRAA) is pleased to award the 2016 Sister Catherine I. Seiker Award to Diane Skowron Evans, Academy of the Sacred Heart Class of 1970.

Diane attended Sacred Heart Schools from 6th to 12th grade. Her mother, Helen Cahill Skowron and her sisters Barbara Skowron Sullivan and Susan Skowron Kane are also graduates of the Academy of the Sacred Heart. While in high school Diane was active in the glee club, serving as President in 1969-70.

Diane received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Master’s of Science in Business Administration from Georgia State University. She has worked in the insurance, banking, and real estate industries and was an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Finance at the University of Denver. She is currently Office Manager for the Law Office of J.D. Evans, P.C.

Diane is the President of the Colorado Chapter of the Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart (AASH). She has been actively involved in her community, serving the Denver Ballet Guild, Regis Jesuit High School, Colorado State University, the Junior League of Denver, and Denver-area Catholic elementary schools. Diane and husband Jim, a Colorado native, have been married for 41 years and have four children and four grandchildren.

Travel is one of Diane’s passions. Wherever she goes, at home or abroad, Diane connects with other Sacred Heart network alumni. Considered the “great communicator” and the “glue” that holds the class of 1971 together, Diane was an early supporter of the Class of 1970’s gift of stained-glass windows in the school's 2009 Chapel renovation.

Reflecting on her years at Sacred Heart Schools, Diane said:

“In my heart I am tied to the Sacred Heart legacy of my mother, my siblings and my "sisters of choice" in every memory. Each tradition unique to Sacred Heart tied us more closely together in a very special way. We felt loved at Sheridan Road pure and simple and were inspired through that love to want to excel individually and as a community. We received the gift of respect from our nuns and lay teachers and were in turn expected to give respect to those around us. We all have memories made special during those years at Sheridan Road; as we grew from young girls to young women.”

Congratulations, Diane!

2017 Seiker Award Nominations

Please check back in the spring to submit a nomination for the 2017 Sr. Catherine I. Seiker, RSCJ Award. All alumni are encouraged to submit nominations for the Seiker Award. Anonymous nominations and self-nominations are accepted. Please contact Julie Montague, Assistant Director of Development, Alumni Relations, for more information.

About the Sr. Catherine I. Seiker, rSCJ Award

Every year during Alumni Weekend, the Sheridan Road Alumni Association (SRAA) presents the Sr. Catherine I. Seiker, RSCJ Award. The Seiker Award is given to an RSCJ, Sheridan Road alumna/us, or alumna/us from any Sacred Heart network school whose life exemplifies, to an extraordinary degree, the values and standards that Sacred Heart Schools represents.

Sr. Seiker began her relationship with Sacred Heart Schools in 1945 as a teacher. In later years, she worked with the school's volunteers and also served as the school's Business Manager. Sr. Seiker was a proponent of the Network’s nationwide alumni community, and in the 1980’s, she worked tirelessly to produce the first Sacred Heart Alumni Directory and also paved the way to organize the school's archives. Sr. Seiker passed away in April 2016.

Past Seiker Award Recipients

Dan Flaherty, Former Dean
Sr. Susan Maxwell, RSCJ
Joanne Steenveld, ASH'56
Sr. Pamela Hickey, RSCJ ASH’47
Patricia Nebrida ASH’86
Anita Nagler ASH '73
Kathy McKeown ASH '54 and Sr. Margaret Mary Munch, RSCJ
Ginger Tarjan ASH ’68
Joan Schneider Wrenn ASH ’55
Sr. Rosemary Dewey, RSCJ
William Campbell, Jr. H ‘62
Andrea O’Leary Hasten ASH ‘71
Sr. Mary McMahon, RSCJ
Rosemary O’Neil ASH ‘42
Marty Corbett Kohl ASH ’43
Frances Kimball Regan ASH ‘36
Rosalie Kempe ASH ‘23
Carita Corbett Rothing ASH ‘44

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