2003 Alumni Award Recipients
Alumni Award For Outstanding Professional Achievement
Jack Sweeney '68
Award for outstanding Professional Achievement is presented to Jack
Sweeney, Class of 1968. Jack
graduated with a B.A in English. He
is currently the Publisher and President of the Houston Chronicle, a
position he has held since 2000. The Houston Chronicle is the largest
daily newspaper in circulation in Texas and is ranked sixth among U.S.
his career at the Washington Post, moved back to native New Jersey for
the Trenton Times, then to the Boston Herald before finding a home at
the Houston Chronicle. His career at the Chronicle was a steady climb to
the top, beginning as Advertising Director, then Director of Sales and
Marketing, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vice President &
General Manager in 1991, President in 1998, Associate Publisher in 1998
and Publisher and President in 2000.
At the announcement of Jack’s promotion to Publisher, his predecessor, Richard Johnson said “Sweeney has the skills, experience and dedication to be an outstanding newspaper leader for many years.“ Upon assuming the top job at the paper, Sweeney said, “While our world has changed dramatically over all these years, in my opinion the business of a major daily newspaper will still be grounded in the basics. Journalists must write stories that need to be told …our challenge is to get more people to read and think about current problems and possible solutions.”
organizations include the Executive Committee and Member of the Board
of Directors of Newspaper Association of America ’97 to 2001, Member
of the Board of Directors of Texas Daily Newspapers, 99 – 2000, from
whom he received the 2000 Texas Newspaper Leader of the Year Award,
known as the Pat Taggert Memorial Award, the highest honor given by
very active in the greater Houston community, past and present
activities include, serving on the Board of Directors of the Houston
Image Group, The Children’s Assessment Center Foundation, the
Houston Symphony, Houston International Festival and the Greater
Houston Partnership. His favorite charity remains the United Way of
Texas Gulf Coast, which culminated in serving as Chairman of the
2002-2003 Campaign. They recently honored him with the 2003 Kneebone
Award for Volunteer of the Year. Jack is also serving as Chairman of
the “Be a Super Host” Committee of Super Bowl Houston 2004.
married to Jo Ellen Sweeney and has two children, Jake and Jessica.
The King's College Alumni Award for Service to Society
Robert L. Stanley '89 and Wilhelmina
King’s College Alumni Award for Service to Society is presented to
Robert L. Stanley ’89 and Wilhelmina Hailstone-Stanley’90 the first
alumni couple to be so honored.
graduated magna cum laude with a major in government and politics and a
minor in economics after serving three years in the military. After a
successful period as a small business owner, he sold his company, then
worked in sales, financial services and currently is Vice President of
Wealth Management at PNC Advisors for PNC Bank.
was born in Coronado, California. As the daughter of a Navy chaplain,
she was continually on the move and attended five different high
schools. She spent two years in Bogotá, Colombia, studying Latin
American literature. Mina’s wanderlust continued as her first
daughter, Bichi, was born in Berlin, her son, Flynn, was born in the
Florida Keys and third child, Andrea, was born in Pennsylvania. Mina is
currently the Assistant manager of the Boscov’s stores in Hazleton and
As president –elect of his Rotary, Bob hooked
up with the group that provides free reconstructive surgery and
treatment for underprivileged children worldwide. Bob was ward
coordinator, responsible for the 35-member group, while Mina, provided
valuable translation skills between the doctors and their patients. They
worked twelve and fourteen-hour days during their eleven-day work
The Robert J. Ell Alumni Award For Outstanding Service to Alma Mater
Edward E. Kruska '53
Ed Kruska is a modest and unassuming gentle man,
one whose smile can light a room and whose love can fill it with
warmth. A disabled
veteran of the Korean War, Ed has served his country.
With distinction, he has also served King’s College.
Ed is a proud member of the class of 1953,
receiving a B.A. in English. Although
1953 was one of King’s smallest classes, what it lacked in size, it
made up for in spirit. That
King’s spirit has followed Ed all through his life.
Ed’s first career was with Acme Markets. His duties ranged from store manager, to director of transportation and warehousing, to superintendent. He retired from Acme in 1983, and promptly returned to King’s to pursue an Associates Degree in Gerontology, graduating in 1988. Ed says, “this school was so nice, I graduated twice.” He retired again in 1998, after his second career as the attendance officer at Wyoming Valley West School District.
For the past 29 years, Ed has served as a
volunteer, section chair and class chair for the Alumni Phonathon. A member of the Executive Committee of the Century Club
since 1988, Ed served two terms as its Chairperson, has been a
volunteer for the Art Auction and the Paul Farber, C.S.C. Memorial
Golf Tournament, and is always on hand to transform the gym into a
winter wonderland for the Century Club Christmas Party.
You will see Ed at every reunion and at alumni
events ranging from Pennsylvania to Florida.
He is also a regular at Sunday Mass in the campus Chapel.
Ed has a son, Ed, Jr. ’85, who passed away in
1993, and a daughter, Karen.
Susan E. Unvarsky '88
The Leo Award is named for the King’s
College mascot. It suggests the energy, pride, and sense of
purpose, which the recipient personifies. This year’s awardee is
Susan E. Unvarsky.
Susan graduated in 1988 with a degree in business administration and computers and information systems. In 1987 Prudential Financial’s Retirement Services business unit made a strategic decision to relocate its operation to Moosic, PA. A recruiter came to campus to interview the fresh crop of graduates and made another equally strategic decision to hire Susan to learn the business and acquire the skills necessary to support the relocation to Pennsylvania.
served in the defined benefit claims division, was promoted to
supervisor, and then joined a Retirement Services reengineering
team to help analyze the organization of the unit. Sue was
promoted to Manager in 1995 and later assigned to a “SWAT
team” involved in strategic initiatives assisting other
Prudential operating sites. Sue was promoted to Vice President in
1999 and managed cash control activities in addition to her client
relations role. Sue holds National Association of Securities
Dealers Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses in addition to a Life
Insurance license with Accident & Health, Life Fixed and
Variable Annuities qualifications. She has successfully completed
6 courses of the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist
Sue has captured the spirit of the Leo Award both
in her career path and in her volunteer community activities. She has
remained involved at King’s as a presenter in the Career Planning
and Placement Office’s Professional Development Series and has been
a faithful recruiter of King’s graduates.
Sue has created opportunities for student and grads and is a
valued resource for the Office of Career Planning and Placement.
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