first_imgOldenburg, In. — Oldenburg Academy is pleased to announce Sue Siefert ’76 and Jan Dietz Alexander ’77, as Distinguished Alumni. Siefert and Alexander were recognized by classmates and community members at the annual Alumni Homecoming on October 14, 2017.Distinguished Alumni are nominated and selected through the criteria of having been graduated for at least ten years from OA/ICA. The distinguished alum must have been regarded as a student who invested in the OA community during his or her tenure through involvement. In addition, the distinguished alum must be a person who has made a significant impact on and contribution to the world (local, national, global). Additionally the criteria names someone who lives out the mission and values of OA in his/her everyday life. After nominations are reviewed, the Distinguished Alumni is selected from a committee.Oldenburg Academy congratulates Sue Siefert and Jan Dietz Alexander.Sue Siefert ’76 “Distinguished Alumni Award”Sue reflects the Franciscan values she learned at the Academy. Sue is not only a woman of prayer; she embodies the values of compassion for those in need, simplicity of focus in bringing the gospel to life, and enthusiasm for building up others. She does this in her promotion and support of the Sisters of St. Francis as their Development Director and in the importance she places on famSue Siefertily and friends.  Sue has been especially visible in Batesville and Oldenburg through her community involvement. She has served as president of Batesville Area Resource Center (BARC) and was instrumental in joining with the community to bring the facility to life. As a member of the Batesville Kiwanis, Sue is one of the organizers of “Applefest.” She is also a member of the Rural Alliance of the Arts, Ripley County Community Foundation, and the Batesville Area Historical Society. Because of Sue’s dedication to the Sisters and the community, she received the Batesville Area Chamber Distinguished Service Award in 2016.Jan Dietz Alexander ’77 “Distinguished Alumni Award”Jan began her lifelong nursing career in the perinatal care in Indianapolis and Kokomo before moving to Nashville, TN in 1986 where she continues to serve today.  The care and education of mothers and their children has always been her passion. Thirty-two years later while working as Director of Women’s Services, Jan was instrumental in creating The Birth Center at Hendersonville Hospital.   On May 12, 2016 Jan received the Patient Experience Healthcare Hero Award at the Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes Award Reception.   Jan is also involved in her community as well.  She is an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and she has taken several missionJan Alexandertrips to Port Au Prince, Haiti to assist the earthquake victims. Additionally, she has served on the Board for the March of Dimes and currently serves as a very active and committed Board Member for the Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center in Gallatin, TN.last_img