Bellarmine University announces distinguished award recipients

August 8, 2018


Awards dinner planned for February 15, 2019

Bellarmine University has announced the recipients of its prestigious annual Alumni Association Awards. This year, Bellarmine will honor nine individuals and an organization who have distinguished themselves through professional accomplishments, community service and demonstration of attitudes consistent with Bellarmine’s values.

The 57th annual Alumni Association Awards Dinner takes place Friday, February 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Amelia Brown Frazier Convocation Hall on Bellarmine University's campus. Tickets are $60 per person. To register or purchase a table, call 502-272-8333 or visit

The honorees are:
Alumnus of the Year: Jesse Flynn ’71
President of the Flynn Group, a real estate development and management company, Jesse has been a key university trustee and alumnus providing instrumental leadership on many land acquisition and building projects. He is a member of the Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity, was named the Associated Builders & Contractors Member of the Year in 1994, received the March of Dimes REACH Award in 2005, and was inducted into the Bellarmine Scarlet & Silver Society, with his brother John, in 2008. He supports Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts and St. Joseph Orphanage and heavily involved with the DePaul School for children with learning differences for 16 years.

Scarlet & Silver Society Inductees: Jack ’84 & Susan ’84 Horn
Jack is accounting manager at Republic Bank, and Susan is senior field consultant at Anthem, Inc. Jack and Susan helped to build the Bellarmine Alumni Trivia Knight into one of the largest and most successful trivia nights in the region, raising over $120,000 for student scholarships at Bellarmine. 

Monsignor Horrigan Distinguished Service Award: Ursuline Sisters of Louisville
Bellarmine University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the merger between Bellarmine and Ursuline College in the 2018-19 school year. This award celebrates the rich history of the Ursuline Sisters and the many benefits Bellarmine University gained from the merger. The current president of the Ursuline Sisters, Sr. Janet Marie Peterworth, OSU ’61 UC, will accept on behalf of the organization.

Gallery of Distinguished Graduates:
Sr. Regina M. Bevelacqua, OSU ’64 UC & Mary Jo Payne, OSU-A ’72
Co-Founders of St. Mary’s Center in Louisville
St. Mary's Center is a Louisville nonprofit that has served intellectually challenged members of the community since 1993. St. Mary’s Center enhances the lives of its clients through its adult day training, teen after-school program and athletic activities for all ages.

Dr. John L. Roberts ’72
Vice Dean, Graduate Medical Education, University of Louisville School of Medicine
John was the 118th President of the Greater Louisville Medical Society for the 2016-17 year. He served as the director of the Pediatric Residency program at U of L for more than 23 years and chairs the Kentucky Medical Association’s committee that accredits Continuing Medical Education programs throughout the state.

Colonel Corey Simmons ’98
United States Air Force, Commander, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma  
Corey, who joined the Air Force in 1998, previously served as vice commander, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, in Delaware. He has been a National Defense Fellow at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and served as Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force in Washington DC.  

Elizabeth Tromans ’04
Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee
Elizabeth has spent her career serving those affected by conflict and disasters around the world, including in India, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Laos and Thailand; previously with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and currently with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). She has led relief efforts in major disasters such as the 2013 Philippines Typhoon Haiyan and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

Accounting Alumnus of the Year: John Pieper ’78
Recently retired partner, MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP
John enjoyed 40 years in the accounting profession, spending the majority of his career with McCauley, Nicolas & Company, LLC, prior to its merger with MCM. An active community leader serving the Archdiocese of Louisville, Assumption, St. Agnes, New Directions, Bellarmine, One Southern Indiana, and other organizations. John will be honored at the Accounting Awards Luncheon on Sept. 20. For information or to register, visit 



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