Cardinal Mooney High School Alumni Association presented its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards Wednesday, Feb. 1. This year's recipients are Sr. M. Kathleen Minchin, OSU, a 1961 graduate of Cardinal Mooney and Bob Stoops, who graduated from Cardinal Mooney in 1978.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented annually. The criterion requires that the awardee "demonstrate a continuing concern and dedication for others by embracing the Cardinal Mooney motto of "Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline."
Minchin entered Cardinal Mooney High School in 1957 from St. Nicholas School in Struthers. She is the daughter of the late Grace and Richard Minchin and the first of their three children to attend Mooney. Sr. Kathleen entered the Ursuline Sisters in September 1961, and will celebrate her 50th anniversary as an Ursuline Sister this summer. Sr. Kathleen received a bachelor of science degree in education from Youngstown State University and a master of arts degree in pastoral theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She served as an elementary school teacher for 10 years and taught in and directed CCD programs. She ministered in the Diocesan House of Prayer for five years, and worked in pastoral care at St. Elizabeth Hospital for 13 years.
Sr. M. Kathleen Minchin, OSU
It was while working at St. E's that Sr. Kathleen became concerned about the discrimination and despair of persons living with HIV/AIDS. In 1992, her final year at the hospital, she and three other Ursuline sisters began what would eventually become the Ursuline sisters HIV/AIDS ministry. Sr. Kathleen and the ministry have been recognized locally, by the Ohio Department of Health, and by the federal department of Health and Human Services for their work in HIV care.
Stoops entered Cardinal Mooney High School in 1974 from St. Dominic's grade school. He is one of six children of Dee and Ron Stoops Sr. to attend Cardinal Mooney High School where his father served as a social studies and physical education teacher and coach. His success as an athlete at Cardinal Money earned him numerous honors and an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa where he was a four year-starter, All-Big 10 selection, captain and Most Valuable Player his senior year. He began his coaching career as a volunteer coach and graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes. After five years at Iowa, he coached at Kent State for one season and then moved on to Kansas State in 1989. He was part of a staff that catapulted Kansas State into national prominence; he joined Steve Spurrier's staff at Florida in 1996. That same year, with Bob Stoops as their defensive coordinator, the Gators won the national championship.
After three years at Florida, he took over as the head coach at the University of Oklahoma, where he has remained for 14 years. His squad won the national championship in 2000 and is annually ranked among the premier collegiate Division I football programs.
Stoops has never forgotten his roots in Youngstown and particularly at Cardinal Mooney High School. He was one of the organizers of the Ron Stoops Scholarship Fund which was created to honor his father's legendary contributions to Cardinal Mooney as a teacher and coach. Stoops and his wife, Carol, are the parents of three children: daughter, Mackenzie and twin sons, Drake and Isaac. They reside in Norman, Okla.
Cardinal Mooney Principal John Young noted, "Sr. Kathleen and Bob Stoops both reflect the ideals of Cardinal Mooney in all that they have undertaken. Both Sr. Kathleen and Bob Stoops have been positive role models for their families, the students of Cardinal Mooney, and the entire community. We are proud to name them as our Distinguished Alumni for 2012."