NOTRE DAME | St. Mary’s College has bestowed this year’s Outstanding Senior Award on Silvia Cuevas, of Hammond. Senior class president, Cuevas is a business administration major with concentrations in finance and international business. She received her recognition at the Alumnae-Senior Champagne Brunch, held Monday.
“I am very honored to receive this prestigious award. My St. Mary’s experience has been incredible. I want to thank my peers, my professors, and staff for these phenomenal past four years," said Cuevas, a Bishop Noll Institute graduate and the daughter of Ignacio and Silvia C. Cuevas. Her family are parishioners of St. Stanislaus Church in East Chicago.
"My mind and heart have been exposed to so many great things and I cannot wait to begin my professional career as a St. Mary’s alumna. My heart will always be at St. Mary's and will be one of my favorite chapters to look back on in my life.”
After graduation, Cuevas will work as a business analyst for Target at the corporate headquarters in Minneapolis.
The St. Mary’s College Alumnae Association Board of Directors presents the Outstanding Senior Award each year to a senior who exemplifies the spirit and values of the college, chosen from nominees submitted by students, faculty, and staff.
Tradition dictates that the recipient be someone who carries out the beliefs of her faith in daily living and is distinguished by scholarship, leadership, and outstanding dedication to St. Mary’s, as demonstrated through participation in curricular and extracurricular activities.
Cuevas served as a peer minister, and on the boards of the Student Government Association and the college’s Mission Council. “As Mission Commissioner, Sylvia focused on helping students integrate their own values with those of the college, making a real difference in promoting the spirit and living heritage of St. Mary’s. Her enthusiasm on the Mission Council was contagious and spilled over to all the members, nourishing their own dedication and love of mission,” said Sr. Veronique Wiedower, vice president for mission.
Cuevas was part of the Intercultural Leadership Program through the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, a program that deepens students’ understanding of the ethical and spiritual dimension of leadership. She served as the voice for students on the Commencement Committee, and helped plan Heritage Week, which invites St. Mary’s students to attain a deeper understanding of the founders of the college, the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
“Silvia’s passion for life is evident in her welcoming personality, her desire to learn from others and her openness to enter diverse cultures in order to explore social justices,” said Judy Fean, director of campus ministry. “As a strong woman of faith, Silvia has the courage to explore the social injustices in our world and grow in her intellectual ability to enter the world with integrity and hope.”