The O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Awardnamed for Ruth McGrath O’Keefe ’35, is presented to a dedicated alumna/us for her/his life-long advocacy of Dominican University. It is awarded at Alumnae/i Weekend.

To nominate an alumna/us for the O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award, click the following Nomination form and select “O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award” in the drop-down menu.

Supplemental materials that cannot be uploaded may be mailed to Office of Alumnae/i Relations, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305. You can also fax supplemental materials to (708) 366-4197.

Please email the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at (link sends e-mail) or call (708) 524-6286 with any questions regarding award nominations.

2019 O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award Recipient: Susan Kreuz McCoyd ’69

Susan has been a dedicated advocate and volunteer for Rosary College/Dominican University. Her first volunteer role began right after graduation, as a Class Agent, and she has remained active in this position for 50 years! Susan also served on the former Alumni Leadership Council for several years and was Chair of the Annual Fund. She has been a member on several Reunion Planning Committees and is the Chair of this year’s 50th Reunion.

Susan’s volunteer roles are not limited to Dominican University. She has served on the Board of Family Shelter Services in DuPage County, several Elmhurst School District 205 Citizens’ Task Force committees, the Elmhurst Public Library Referendum Committee, numerous school boards, and continues to serve on the City of Elmhurst Zoning and Planning Commission-22 years and counting!

Before retiring in June of 2012, Susan spent twenty-five years employed at Immaculate Conception Parish Grade School in Elmhurst as Director of Development. In this role, she was responsible for publicity, public relations, marketing, student recruitment, and fundraising. While at Immaculate Conception, Susan initiated the school’s first Annual Appeal and established the Immaculate Conception Grade School (ICGS) Educational Endowment Fund, both of which are still in existence. With Susan’s help, Immaculate Conception completely renovated the interior of the 1928 grade school building, including an update of all classrooms, the installation of fire safety doors, a dedicated science lab, computer center, art room, nurses office, preschool, and an outdoor equipped playground. Susan credits the exceptional liberal arts education that she received from Rosary College for her success over the last 50 years.

Susan lives in Elmhurst with her husband, Kevin, who is currently a member of Dominican University’s Board of Trustees. They enjoy spending time with their three married children and ten grandchildren, escaping the cold winters with their annual trip to Florida every February, and traveling throughout the US and Europe.

Previous Recipients of the O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award

2018: Carol Anderson Kunze ’68, Marilyn Freehill Jancewicz ’68
2017: Mary Boyle Callow ’67
2015: Cheryl Skender ’80
2013: Susan Flynn ’63
2012: Dorothy Ann Shields De Spain ’52
2011: Anna Marie Garippo Sciaraffa ’49
2010: Sr. Kaye Ashe, OP ’52
2009: Anne and Hugh McElwain
2008: Sherry S. Treston ’72
2007: Kathleen Prunty ’94, MBA ’97
2006: M. Catherine Crowley Ryan ’61
2005: Ann Therese Gorman ’50
2004: Henry W. Wiggins, Jr., MD 
2003: Jean Burke Foran ’47
2002: Carolyn Haddad Lang
2001: Victor Romano, MD, Allan Santos, MBA ’91
2000: Ruth McGrath O’Keefe ’35, Eileen Gomolinski Priest ’68
1998: Mary Swanson Koch ’42
1997: Laura M. Nozicka ’92
1996: Maureen Hayes Philips ’88, Karen Rezabek ’75