Patricia and Robert Laut P’00, ’02, ’03, ’07, HA'09
Bob and Pat received the College's Honorary Alumni Award in 2009 for their dedication to Assumption through the Parents Committee. The former Parents Committee co-chairs, Bob and Pat served on that Committee for 11 years while their four children—Brian ’00, Matt ’02, Chris ’03 and Amanda ’07—attended Assumption. Tireless supporters of and contributors to Assumption, the Lauts joined the President’s Council in 1999 and helped the Parents Fund surpass the $100,000 giving total for the first time during their tenure as co-chairs.
Chair of AC’s department of art and music, Michelle has served as a member of the faculty since 1984 and received the College's Honorary Alumna Award in 2008. She is professor of music and director of the AC Chorale, which she has led on 10 national and international concert tours, in addition to performing concerts on campus and in the greater
Nita Volkavitch received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 2007. She was a friend of Assumption College for over 30 years and a pioneer in the early days of Assumption’s Alumni and Development office in the 1960s and early ’70s, handling a tremendous workload and helping to formalize these departments. While employed here, she and her late husband, Charles, helped to support the education of two Assumption students. Nita was a Lifetime President’s Council member, Heritage Society member since 1992, and she has committed to establish a major scholarship fund through a bequest. She was an extraordinary woman and a true friend and supporter of the College. Nita passed away in February 2011.
Les received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 2006. He is a lifetime member of the President’s Council and has been a supporter and friend of Assumption for nearly 30 years. Les was member of the Assumption College Board of Trustees (1978-90) and is a great ambassador to the College. He is the former chair of Atlas Distributors, a beverage distribution company located in Auburn, MA.
Sr. Ellen received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 2005 for her dedication to the students of Assumption College. Her Assumption career has spanned 20 years. As the dean of studies, Sr. Ellen oversaw academic advising for all undergraduate students and coordinated the study abroad program, as well as the Honors Convocation. She retired as dean of studies in 2006 and continues to serve the College as a lecturer in theology.
Father Terry received the Honorary Alumnus Award in 2004 for his 23 years of full-time work in the social and rehabilitation service department and his part-time teaching today. He is known for his excellent teaching and the guidance he provides to students. A member of the Alumni Board since 2005, Fr. Terry is a lifetime member of the College’s President’s Council and annually attends Reunion Weekend events. He and his family endowed the Dougherty/Doyle Family Scholarship in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2002, awarded annually to a deserving Assumption student.
Bill received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 2003. He was recognized for his wonderful work as assistant professor of accounting at Assumption since 1980 and retired in 2011. A popular professor known to help students write resumes, improve interview skills and solicit references, he was chosen by the Senior Class to be the baccalaureate speaker five times. His wife Linda (Sweeney) G’85, sons Daniel ’94, David ’96 and James ’00, and daughter-in-law Heather (Lavey) ’93 are all Assumption alumni.
Brother J.T. received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 2002. Bro. J.T. joined the Assumptionists in 1951 and came to Assumption in 1966, where he served as postmaster of the campus post office for three years. Later, he directed the College's print shop (1971-92). Brother J.T. became a fixture on the campus and still attends many student and alumni events. He returned to Assumption in 1995 and resided at the Assumptionists’ residence on Old English Road until 2008. Bro. J.T. has also done chaplaincy work with wheelchair patients at Providence House in Worcester.
Michael True, Ph.D. received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 2001 for more than 32 years of service to Assumption. Professor emeritus of English, he taught English, American literature and peace studies (1965-97) and served as chairperson of the English department (1974-76). He also established the Peace and Justice Committee on campus. In 1999, Dr. True was the recipient of the Peace Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award. The author of 10 books, including People Power: Fifty Peacemakers & Their Communities (Rawat Publications, 2007), he has also taught at both Duke and Columbia universities, as well as overseas.
Wayne received the Honorary Alumnus Award in 2000 for his devotion to the Catholic liberal arts education of Assumption College. He was the director of the College’'s Ecumenical Institute of Religious Studies (1976-93) and was awarded a full-year sabbatical for research as a visiting scholar in 1996. Wayne organized annual programs that brought world-class theologians and educators to the campus. He has consistently attacted participants to his popular summer ecumenical programs. Wayne is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and is dedicated to the authentic Catholic, liberal arts education that Assumption College offers.