Spring Hill College honors three alumni

Fri, 07/01/2011 - 5:00pm
Alumni Honorees

Three alumni were honored at the President’s Society Mass and luncheon on March 21: Dr. Herbert Kinsey ’55, Dr. Michael Kaffer ’61 and Liza Manjarrez ’04.

The Ignatian Award – Dr. Herbert Kinsey ’55

The Ignatian Award was established to honor an outstanding alumnus for community service in keeping with the ideals set forth by St. Ignatius Loyola. This award recognizes those who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of others through selfless acts of humanitarianism.

Dr. Herbert Kinsey, a general surgeon, has dedicated the past 32 years to medical missions, operating in many countries around the world. To date, he continues to travel internationally and works with two local facilities providing health care to those in need.

After graduating Murphy High School, he entered Spring Hill College at the age of 15 and was accepted to the Medical College of Alabama at age 19. After completing his studies, Kinsey served a four-year general surgery residency with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. His 52- year medical career has provided him many opportunities in which to serve his fellow man.

Kinsey’s family has been and continues to be an active part of his voluntary services, both at home and abroad.

The Gautrelet Award – Dr. Michael Kaffer ’61

The Gautrelet Award was established in honor of Rev. Francis Gautrelet, S.J., the first Jesuit president of Spring Hill College. The award recognizes an individual of high integrity who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement.

Dr. Michael Kaffer has served on the Spring Hill College faculty for 49 years. A former teacher of the year, six-time winner of the Fagot Award, and former co-director of the college theater, Kaffer is credited with creating the first adult education program on campus and served as the program’s first dean.

Kaffer served as faculty moderator of the Student Government Association for 10 years and was faculty moderator for both the Springhillian and The Motley. He has also participated in Spring Hill College’s Upward Bound program.

Kaffer served eight terms as chair of the College/Faculty Assembly, and 21 years as a freshman seminar advisor. He has devoted 17 years as chair of the English program, and 15 years as chair of the Division of Languages and Literature.

The Karopczyc Award – Liza Manjarrez ’04

Named after Lt. Stephen E. Karopczyc, Class of 1965, a Medal of Honor recipient killed in service during the Vietnam War, the Karopczyc Award recognizes a young alumnus for outstanding service to the College or community.

While a student at Spring Hill College, Manjarrez served as a resident assistant, a member of the Programming Board, and participated in the Ignatian Family Teach-In, the SHAPe Community, and the Belize immersion program. At the 2004 commencement ceremony, she was named a recipient of the Ignatian Award in honor of her undergraduate community service.

After graduation, Manjarrez served as a member of Operation TEACH, a two-year teaching service program sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. While a member of the program, she taught second-grade students and earned a master’s degree in leadership in teaching. After completing her commitment, Manjarrez joined the campus ministry internship program at Villanova University. While in this position, she served as a residence hall minister to first-year students and engaged in retreat planning, spiritual direction and justice programming. She also advised spring break experiences to varied locations including Cape Town, South Africa, and Franklin, W.Va.

Manjarrez holds a position at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where each year she coordinates nine domestic alternative spring breaks and four international immersion trips.