Mercyhurst announces alumni to be honored during Reunion Weekend

Thursday, January 23, 2020


NOTICE: To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, the 2020 selections will be awarded at Reunion Weekend 2021, to be held June 10-13, 2021.

Mercyhurst University will honor six graduates as Distinguished Alumni during Reunion Weekend festivities in June. In addition, one team and five individuals will be inducted into Mercyhurst’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

Distinguished Alumni Awards for service to the community will be presented to:

  • Barbara Brairton ‘65 
  • Sister Rita Panciera ‘53 
  • Betsy Hirt Vorsheck ‘77
  • Distinguished Alumni Awards for service in a chosen field will go to:
  • Brian DeFrancesco ‘06 
  • Bea Tomczak Habursky ‘85 
  • Joel Montminy ‘95 

This year’s additions to the Athletics Hall of Fame include:

  • 2008-09 Women’s Ice Hockey Team
  • Vicki Bendus ‘11, women’s ice hockey
  • Gregory Bensman ‘12, men’s lacrosse
  • Mike Folga ’86 (posthumously), athletic trainer
  • Rachel Griepsma ‘11 ‘12M, women’s water polo & women’s soccer
  • David Lough ’08, baseball & football

The awards will be presented and the honorees celebrated during Reunion Weekend, to be held June 12-14 on the Erie campus. Registration for Reunion Weekend will open in March and all are welcome to attend.