Distinguished Alumnae Award Recipients Recognized and Athletic Hall of Fame Nominees Inducted

On Friday, May 13, Holy Cross celebrated the three recipients of the Distinguished Alumnae Award and the four inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame for 2022.

2022 Distinguished Alumnae:
Kathleen Burgess Clark ’82
Anna Deeny Morales ’91
Giulia Campanaro McPherson ’95

2022 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:
Jennifer Betts Liberto ’03 (Lacrosse)
Kristen Coleman McDaniel ’07 (Lacrosse)
Monica McNutt ’07 (Basketball)
Mary Jordan “MJ” Nogay Sorrow ’12 (Golf)

Guests attended a reception prior to the ceremony in the Theatre. President Katy Prebble welcomed the guests and honorees. Alumnae Associate Kathleen Warner Bula ’79 spoke about the criteria for receiving the Distinguished Alumnae Award. Each award recipient was introduced by a family member.

Christine Clark Paz ’12, daughter of Kathleen Burgess Clark ’82, spoke about the dedication her mother has given in all areas of her life, most especially to her family and to her work as a nurse at Holy Cross since 2009. She shared about the monumental work Kathleen has done during the COVID-19 pandemic, that included working through her summer breaks, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Linus Deeny, father of Anna Deeny Morales ’91, spoke about the incredible career of his daughter as a literary critic, translator, librettist and professor. He spoke passionately about Anna’s dedication stemming from her mother Alicia’s commitment to the arts.

Michaela Donahue, sister of Giulia Campanaro McPherson ’95, spoke about the deep commitment her sister has to social justice through her work with the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, which stemmed from her time at Holy Cross. She also remarked about Giulia’s perseverance and positivity while raising a family and enduring breast cancer.

Read more about these remarkable women here.

Director of Athletics Dena Saunders spoke about the history of the Athletic Hall of Fame and the criteria for being accepted as an inductee. Each award recipient was introduced by a family member, coach, teammate, or friend.

Don Betts, father of Jennifer Betts Liberto ’03, spoke about his daughter’s passion for playing sports from a young age. He detailed her love of lacrosse at Holy Cross where she was recognized with numerous accolades and at Gettysburg College where she played all four years and helped the team advance to the NCAA Final Four and national championships.

Susan Raff, coach and friend of Kristen Coleman McDaniel ’07, spoke about her leadership as a lacrosse player at Holy Cross. She detailed the many accomplishments Kristen achieved in high school, at Fairfield University and at Georgetown. She also remarked on her successes as a lacrosse coach and assistant athletic director.

Kaitlin McClendon, teammate of Monica McNutt ’07 at Georgetown University, spoke about Monica’s dynamic personality, leadership and dedication as a basketball player. She credited Monica with helping the team to become a unit on and off the court. Debbie Brown, Director of Human Resources and basketball team administrator at Holy Cross, also spoke about Monica’s success through high school, college and into her career as a reporter and analyst.

Lenore Reilly Martinez ’76, coach of Mary Jordan “MJ” Nogay Sorrow ’12, spoke about the tremendous ability of MJ on the golf course and her love of the game. She shared several anecdotes about MJ competing against boys’ teams in high school and noted her positive attitude and willingness to face any opponent.

Read more about these incredible inductees here.

Following the introductions, each award recipient thanked Holy Cross and spoke with heartfelt gratitude about the impact their alma mater had on their lives.


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