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Outstanding alumni honored during reunion weekend

May 3, 2013

The Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association will honor Nicholas Poché ’03 as its Young Alumnus of the Year along with five other outstanding alumni on Saturday, May 11 at The Cannery, located at 3803 Toulouse Street.

The awards reception is set for 7:30 p.m. and is part of the university’s annual Alumni Weekend reunion celebration and is open to all alumni and friends. The event will feature live music by the Yat Pack, and tickets cost $50 per person or $80 per couple. Young alumni from the classes of 2002 to 2012 can take advantage of a special rate of $30 per person or $50 per couple. Register online for the event.

Award winners include:

Nicholas Poché ’03, Young Alumnus of the Year

Poché, academic programs coordinator and assistant to the associate dean for academics at Tulane University’s School of Architecture, received his master’s in higher education administration from Boston College after graduating from Loyola University New Orleans in 2003. He is the first in his immediate family to complete a college degree. A world traveler, he lived in Northern Ireland and Australia. Poché is a member of the Young Alumni Pack and co-chair of the association’s Community Service Committee. The committee plans Wolves on the Prowl, Loyola’s national day of service that coordinates alumni nationwide in meaningful service projects.

Elizabeth (Liz) Horner Foshage ’83, College of Business Alumna of the Year

Foshage is vice president of finance at Ascension Health Alliance, the parent organization of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic, nonprofit health system. She is a member of the Alumni Association and has served other nonprofit organizations, including the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Girl Scouts, Vincentian Ministry Corporation and the DeSmet Jesuit High School Ignatian Identity Committee.

Francis G. Martello 75, D.D.S., College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Alumnus of the Year

New Orleans dentist Martello has been in practice since 1979. He is on the dental staff at Touro Infirmary and is a part-time clinical professor at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. As a volunteer dentist and medical advisory committee member of the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans since 1983, Martello provides oral care to many who often do not receive any type of care.

Bryan J. Hymel 01, College of Music and Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year

Hymel, opera tenor and recent recipient of The Metropolitan Opera's prestigious $50,000 Beverly Sills Artist Award, visits Loyola annually to teach a masterclass as part of the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series. A highly sought-after recitalist and concert performer, Hymel has appeared in many of the world’s most accomplished opera houses and festivals.

Sylvia Marcantel ’11, College of Social Sciences Alumna of the Year

Marcantel is a graduate of Loyola’s Institute for Ministry and is a mother, grandmother and the primary caregiver of her mother. She retired in 2011 as a registered nurse after a 45-year career managing hospice programs. She also made five medical mission trips with teams to Honduras and Nicaragua. Marcantel has developed and taught a basic health care training program to villagers in rural Honduras where there is no doctor.

Pascal F. Calogero Jr., J.D. ’54, H ’91, College of Law St. Ives Award Recipient

Retired Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Calogero is the longest-serving justice in the history of the state’s high court. Calogero was honored Feb. 22 at the College of Law Alumni luncheon with the St. Ives Award, the highest honor awarded by the College of Law Alumni Association. As chief justice, Calogero spearheaded numerous reform initiatives in the administration of justice in Louisiana, many of which serve as national models of court improvement. Throughout his career, he participated in more than 6,000 orally argued cases and authored more than 1,000 majority opinions, in addition to multiple concurrences and dissents.

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