New student award memorializes beloved member of St. Kate's community
The St. Catherine University annual celebration of student academic and leadership achievements included the inauguration of a new student honor in memory of a beloved member of the campus community.
The Michael J. Baynes Reflective Life Award was created in honor of the associate professor and associate director of student life on the Minneapolis campus who died in a tragic accident in July 2012.
The award was created to honor a student in a St. Catherine University Associate Degree program who through leadership, service to peers and community, and adherence to high personal and academic standards, meets Mike’s daily challenge to “Bring Good” to the neighborhood. The award comes with a $1000 scholarship.
With members of Baynes' family present, Dean of Student Affairs Curt Galloway presented the award to Jenaya Farkell '13, who is completing an associate degree in sonography and also works in the Minneapolis campus student affairs office.
Galloway described her as a leader who "never lost sight of holding members of the Minneapolis campus together" and worked tirelessly to serve the St. Kate's community as a "vision of possibilities" for everyone.
Academic achievements across campus departments were highlighted at the ceremony — from analytical chemistry to creative writing to business administration.
Inductees into the University’s 24 active academic honor societies and the recipients of scholarships and departmental honors as well as six All-University Awards were presented at the event.