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 Schools' volunteers and also served as the Schools' Business Manager. Sr. Seiker was a proponent of the Network’s nationwide alumni community. In the 1980s, she worked tirelessly to produce the first Sacred Heart Alumni Directory and also paved the way to organize the Schools' archives. Sr. Seiker passed away in April 2016.
2019 Seiker Award Winner: Anthony A. Nichols H'54†
Anthony A. Nichols H’54† has always been known as a man of commitment to his profession, his church, his community, and his family. He has also dedicated himself in numerous ways to giving back to Sacred Heart Schools over the last 30 years. The Sheridan Road Alumni Association (SRAA) celebrates his many lifetime achievements by honoring him with the 2019 Sr. Catherine I. Seiker, RSCJ Award.
Mr. Nichols attended Sacred Heart’s Hardey Prep, St. John’s Military Academy, and graduated from Northwestern University. In 1966, after his election as president of First State Savings (later Central Federal Savings), he was instrumental in the renewal and development of Chicago’s Lakeview and Lincoln Park communities.
Through the years, he was very active in the Lakeview and Lincoln Park Chambers of Commerce, as well as various area development groups. In 2016, the intersection at Belmont/Lincoln/Ashland was designated “Anthony A. Nichols Way” in honor of his longtime commitment.
Mr. Nichols served for many years as a trustee of Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church of Chicago and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. He received the honor of “Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate” in 1991 and was later designated “Hellene of the Year” by the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois. His community involvement also included serving many years on the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation and its Associates and Advisory boards, on the campaign steering committee of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and as a director of the Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries and the Chicago Bible Society.
Having lost his mother at an early age, Mr. Nichols is forever grateful to the Religious of the Sacred Heart for their support. Years after he left the school, he returned to help organize Sacred Heart Academy’s first Advisory board, is a past trustee and has served on the Finance Committee, and has volunteered countless hours on various school committees.
His daughter, Paula, graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1993. Today, his two grandsons attend Hardey Prep, his youngest being one of the first students at the newly opened Sacred Heart Preschool.
2021 Seiker Award nominations
Online nominations for the 2021 Seiker Award may be completed here.