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The University of San Diego celebrated the lives and accomplishments of nine amazing alumni during the 2013 Alumni Honors celebration, which took place in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on April 27.

The recipient of the Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award was Enrique Morones Careaga ’02 (MSEL), president and founder of Border Angels, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization made up of volunteers who strive to prevent the deaths of individuals traveling along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Terry Liberatore Gase ’73 (BA), a teacher at St. Michael’s School in Poway, Calif., received the Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award for serving on the Alumni Board of Directors for two decades — as president and as a member of various committees — including the Leadership Committee, the Homecoming Committee and the Wine Classic Committee.

Former USD Women’s Rowing team member Alison Cox ’01 (BA) was inducted into the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame. She started her rowing career as a walk-on at the university and developed into one of the most successful Torero athletes ever. In 2000, Cox was a member of the United States’ Under-23 rowing team and, upon graduating in 2001, joined the U.S. senior rowing squad, where she helped the women’s eight claim gold at the 2002 World Championships, multiple World Cup gold medals and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

The university also recognized one alumnus or alumna from each school to receive the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award.

Jan I. Goldsmith ’76 (JD), city attorney for the City of San Diego, was the School of Law recipient. He was appointed as a San Diego Superior Court judge in 1998. He also served three terms in the California State Assembly, representing the Northern San Diego City District, which stretches from Mira Mesa to the Escondido border. In addition to the Hughes Career Achievement Award, Goldsmith previously received special recognition from the Children’s Lobby, affiliated with the USD School of Law, for his legislative work on behalf of foster children.

Jacqueline F. Akerblom ’84 (BBA) represented the School of Business Administration. She’s the managing partner of the Southern California practice Grant Thornton, where she leads and manages a staff of more than 300 professionals who provide specialty services in audit, tax and consulting.

Jeffrey A. Carlstead ’04 (EdD), owner and manager of Carlstead Inc. Hotel Development & Management, was honored by the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. He has been active in the hospitality industry for 45 years and locally managed the award-winning Hampton Inn – San Diego/Kearny Mesa, which opened in 1989. He also served as a founding member of the SOLES Dean’s Advisory Board and has taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Leadership Studies.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies recipient James T. Waring ’73 (JD), ’04 (MA) was recognized for his work as executive chairman and co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego, a not-for-profit organization formed to stimulate the creation and expansion of a clean technology business cluster in the San Diego region. It was built on the premise that because resources decrease as demand and populations increase, societies must learn how to do more with less and become sustainable.

Karen “Sue” Hoyt ’06 (PhD), FNP, FAAN, from the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, is an emergency nurse practitioner at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., and the former director of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the University of San Diego. She served as co-editor of the Emergency Nurses Association’s Trauma Nursing Core Course, which has been taught worldwide to more than 500,000 nurses. She also expanded emergency care, developed the nurse practitioner role in emergency care and conceptualized and implemented a two-day course for emergency nurse practitioners.

College of Arts and Sciences honoree Christopher C. Grant ’94 (BA), ’96 (MEd) was recognized for his role as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers. As general manager, Grant leads the day-to-day activities of the team — including scouting, personnel, player acquisitions and the operation of the Cavaliers’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Canton Charge. Grant also supervises the athletic performance training team that cares for the medical needs and physical development of each player. In addition, he spearheaded the design and construction of the Cleveland Clinic Courts, the Cavaliers’ player development and training center, which is one of the most technologically advanced team development centers in pro sports. — Krystn Shrieve