April 29, 2005

University of San Diego Honors Southwestern College Professor & Social Justice Advocate

A nurse who aids the sick and suffering in Mexico and a former executive who promotes social justice and employee participation in the workplace will be honored by the University of San Diego Saturday, April 30.

The University of San Diego Alumni Honors recognizes graduates in the areas of career achievement, contributions to humanitarian causes and volunteer service to USD. The black-tie gala will be held in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The awards are named for former USD President Author E. Hughes and the University’s founders, Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill and Bishop Charles Francis Buddy.

Ann Taylor, a nurse and faculty member at Southwestern College, is the recipient of the Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Humanitarian Award for a lifetime of leadership and service to the sick and suffering. A practitioner of Healing Touch therapy, she has done extensive work in Tijuana as an associate with the Servants of the Eleventh Hour order, as a volunteer with Casa  Las Memorias, an HIV/AIDS Hospice, and as a volunteer at the city’s San Eugenio Clinic.

Taylor earned her master’s degree as a family health clinical nurse specialist in 1995 from USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.

David Herrera will receive the Author E.  Hughes Career Achievement Award from USD’s School of Education. Hererra left a successful corporate career to earn a doctorate in education and promote social justice and employee participation in the workplace.

Recently, he was invited to the Vatican to present a paper on Catholic social teachings. Herrera teaches a course for USD’s School of Education, “Models of Worker Owned Organizations” and leads travel and study programs to Mondragon, Spain to observe the cooperative style of management practiced there to promote social and economic development in the Basque Region of Spain.

“We’re very pleased to honor these remarkable individuals who exemplify the University of San Diego’s commitment to excellence and public service,” said Jack Kelly, senior director of Alumni Relations.

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