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​Alumni Awards

In grateful appreciation for their service to the College, the Foundation honors an alum each year with the Alumnus/Alumna of the Year award. Our honorees exemplify our mission, vision and values to change the lives of students at Saint Paul College. Our 2021 Alumna of the Year is Tom McCarthy.

Tom McCarthy​

Tom Nielsen, President, Mo-Tech Corporation

Over the past 30 years, Tom has been a fierce advocate for Saint Paul College, as a student, alumnus (1986) and instructor.

He currently serves as member of the President’s Advisory Committee, on a program advisory board, an apprenticeship committee, and was a board member for seven years with the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation (2010-2017).

The College has been an important part of his career as a Union Plumber. He is the Business Manager of St. Paul Plumbers Local 34 and President of the St. Paul Building Trades Council.

Tom has led his union’s collaboration with Community Action Partnership to serve homeowners in need with free plumbing services. This “Water’s Off” program started in 1994. Volunteers have been to more than 3,500 homes donating 11,000 hours of their time to preform services valued at $1.5 million. This is a way for the plumbers to give back to the community.

We are now accepting nominations for this award for 2022, and will recognize the recipients at our Friends on the Lawn event on May 21, 2022.

View the Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award Nomination form

Nomination Process

  • The Alumnus/Alumna of the Year award honors a Saint Paul College graduate for outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions to the college community.
  • Candidates must be a graduate of one of the following:
    • Saint Paul College — A Community & Technical College
    • St. Paul Technical College
    • St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute
    • The Boy’s Vocational School
    • The Girl’s Vocational School
  • Candidate must have met two of the following criteria:
    • Made a significant contribution to further their profession
    • Attained significant career accomplishments and achievements
    • Member of a Program Advisory Committee
    • Member of the President’s Advisory Council
    • Member of the Friends of Saint Paul College Board of Directors
    • Strong record of hiring Saint Paul College students and alumni
    • Contributed to Saint Paul College financially or through in-kind donations
    • Served as a mentor for Saint Paul College students
    • Community leadership and public service
  • A committee appointed by the President of Saint Paul College will review the nominations and make the final selection of the recipient.
Past Alumni of the Year Recipients

We are grateful to these exemplary individuals and institutions for their unwavering support, contributions and service to our programs and students. Here are our past recipients:

Alumni of the Year Recipients

  • Richard Anfang (Painting and Decorating ‘66)
  • Jerry Barnes (Pipefitting ‘67)
  • Jean Bauer (Medical Laboratory Technology ‘75)
  • Ryan Caulfield (Culinary Arts ‘96)
  • James Doody (Plumbing ‘70)
  • Carla Fryar (Cosmetology ‘82)
  • Robert Haskins (Machine Tool ‘75)
  • Richard Hesse (Machine Tool ‘58)
  • Leonard Karter (Watchmaking ‘73)
  • Nathaniel Khaliq (Carpentry ‘72)
  • Sidney Magee, Jr. (Auto Body Repair ‘68)
  • Rep. Tim Mahoney (Pipefitting ‘85)
  • Tom Nielsen (Machine Tool ‘84
  • John O’Connor (Sheet Metal ‘61)
  • Tola Oladipupo (ASL ’16)
  • John Schiltz (Culinary Arts ‘75)
  • Curt Southward (Electrical Technology ‘74)
  • Robert Tipler (Electrical Technology ‘64)
  • Steven Tufenk (Pipefitting ‘74)
  • Pamela Wellumson (Sign Language Interpreter Training ‘81)
  • Robert Widerski (Plumbing ‘62)
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