2014 Alumnae/i Award Recipients


Caritas Veritas Award 

Sister Joan O'Shea, OP '52
Sister Kaye Ashe, OP '52 (posthumous)

Dominican University’s most prestigious honor, the Caritas Veritas Award, recognizes a graduate whose life reflects Dominican's motto in a distinguished way.

sister joan oxshea

Sister Joan O'Shea, OP '52 (formerly Sister Deirdre) has spent her life serving students of Dominican University, the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation and ministering to those in need.  Sr. Joan enrolled in Rosary College with the class of 1952 but left with her good friend Sr. Kaye Ashe to join the Sinsinawa Dominicans. 

Sister Joan returned in 1965 and went on to become Dean of Students, living in the residence halls during the late 1960s.  While pursuing other ministry work in healthcare and counseling she stayed involved as a Trustee from 1990-1992.  In 2001, Sr. Joan returned at the request of President Donna Carroll to establish the Office of Mission Integration which she accepted, becoming the first Promoter of Mission.  She retired from that position and teaching in 2008.

sister kaye

Sister Kaye Ashe, OP '52, 1930-2014 (formerly Sister Keverne) devoted much of her adult life to Dominican University serving the university as a professor, a division chair, the director of continuing education, the associate academic dean and the head of two study abroad programs. She also served as a trustee for three terms for a total of almost 20 years.

Outside Dominican, Sr. Kaye worked to empower women in their communities founding Mary’s Pence women’s cause and attending the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995.  Sr. Kaye was also a leader in the Sinsinawa congregation serving as Prioress from 1986-1994. 

Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award

Jessica Cochran '05

This award recognizes an alumna/us from the last decade who has shown leadership in a career and in volunteer service to Dominican University.

jessica cochran Jessica Cochran '05 is currently Curator of Exhibitions and Programs and Acting Assistant Director at Columbia College Chicago, for the Center for Book and Paper Arts. Jessica was previously Director of the O'Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University and Director of Marketing and Programs at Art Chicago and NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art.

Named a "curator to watch" by Chicago Magazine in 2013, she has curated and coordinated exhibitions for the Contemporary Arts Council, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Around the Coyote Gallery, What it Is, Poetry Foundation and The Franklin among other venues. Her exhibition Social Paper (2014) was the recipient of a Clinton Hill Curatorial Grant and Craft Research Fund Grant. She is currently a participating Fellow at the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Summer Leadership Seminar.  Learn more at Jessica's blog, JessicaCochranProjects.org.