Spring Hill recognizes alumni at 2014 Homecoming on the Hill
MOBILE, Ala. – Spring Hill College alumni Matt D’Arrigo ‘94, Sandra Gales Shapard ‘64, and Matt LeMond '07 were honored as alumni award winners as a part of the College’s 2014 Homecoming on the Hill celebration.
Ignatian Award – recognizes those alumni who dedicate their lives to upholding the ideals self forth by St. Ignatius Loyola through selfless acts of humanitarianism to make differences in the lives of others.
Matt D'Arrigo is the founder of the non-profit, A Reason To Survive. ARTS is dedicated to healing, inspiring and empowering children facing life challenges by providing innovative arts-based programs, education and opportunities. ARTS provides free visual, performing, and literary arts programs to San Diego's most marginalized youth. Matt, an artist himself, was inspired to create the organization after his mother and sister were both diagnosed with cancer within a few months of each other. He used his love of art and music to help himself through this trying time.
In 2001, Matt created the Pat D'Arrigo ARTS Center named in his mother's memory. ARTS services include the ARTS Centers, Artists-in-Residencies, and Van Go! Transportation and ARTS Enterprises. In addition, the ARTS Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting and selling original artwork and merchandise. The ARTS Gallery is one of the only art galleries in San Diego that simultaneously exhibits art work from both students and the professional artists that teach them.
In addition to leading ARTS, D’Arrigo also speaks, advocates, and advises on the use of the arts as a prevention and intervention vehicle, the power and importance of creativity, starting and leading nonprofits, and pursuing one’s passion and purpose in life. D’Arrigo lives in San Diego with his wife, Hulya, and children Tessa and Andrew.
Gautrelet Award – presented to an individual of high integrity who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement. The award was established in honor of Rev. Francis Gautrelet, S.J., the first Jesuit president of Spring Hill College.
Sandy Gales Shapard '64 is an outstanding writer, respected business and community leader, and volunteer. Five of her books have been published. She has excelled in a wide variety of areas from business owner to poet; from professor to mother and grandmother; from community volunteer to columnist. During her eight year tenure as the publisher and president of NightOwl Publications, she grew the company from eight issues per year to a weekly publication when she sold the company in 2005. Sandy has received many accolades for her professional achievements, volunteerism and community spirit. A couple of her accolades include The American Women in Communications Byliner’s Award in 2009 and 50 Making A Difference Honoree Woman of the Year in 2004.
Karopczyc Award – Named in remembrance of Lt. Stephen E. Karopczyc, class of 1965, a Medal of Honor recipient killed during service in the Vietnam War, the award acknowledges young alumnus for outstanding service to the college or community.
Matt LeMond '07 is this year's recipient of the Spring Hill College Karopczyc Award, established in 1970 by the Phi Omega fraternity to honor the memory of Lt. Stephen E. Karopczyc '65, 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.
LeMond has worked hard as an advocate for Spring Hill College in the local community, and is known for his efforts to help revitalize downtown Mobile, as well as for his generous support of many local charities.
After kickstarting his entrepreneurial career as a DJ in Mobile, LeMond had the opportunity to own his own night club, and opened O’Daly’s, Mobile’s first Irish Pub in the downtown Mobile area. He also owns a screen printing shop in Mobile. Last year, he opened a Pita Pit restaurant just a few blocks away from O’Daly’s, and expanded his bar business to open two more locations adjacent to his Irish pub.
LeMond makes it a point to give back to the city and his customers by hosting several charity events at the Irish Pub and the Pita Pit. Matt has organized several 5Ks, including the “Run Like a O’Hooligan 5K” benefiting the Child Advocacy Center and the MO’Daly’s Run Your Stache Off 5K, benefiting the prostate and testicular cancer awareness group, Movember.
For more information about the Karopczyc Award, or to nominate a deserving SHC Alumnus, click here.