CBU will honor Harold McNeil as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus and Maria-Teresa Blanco Lensing as the 2011 Distinguished Young Alumna at the Alumni Dinner & Celebration on Saturday, October 8, 2011.
These awards honor alumni who have distinguished themselves and simultaneously brought honor to the University and the Alumni Association. Recipients are CBU graduates who have achieved a notable level of success in life, made significant contributions to their profession, supported the efforts of CBU, and contributed to society through public service and/or church activities.
McNeil is Senior Vice President of Operations for Tarkett Sports, a $2.5 billion company headquartered in France. McNeil’s division is primarily responsible for the selling, installing, and maintenance of Field Turf which is used at many college and professional venues. Prior to working for Tarket Sports, he was VP for Manufacturing at Mohawk Industries and Senior VP of Operations at Dupont. McNeil notes, “I have many fond memories of the (Christian) Brothers and my education at CBU, especial Brother Vincent Malham, past President of CBU. I have stayed in contact with a number of ME majors from the Class of 1979 and hope to see them during Alumni Weekend.” He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from CBU in 1979 and a MBA, Finance/Accounting from James Madison University in 1986. Currently, McNeil lives in Woodstock, GA, just outside of Atlanta, with his wife.
Lensing is the Director of Networks & Unified Communications at Rockwell Collins, a Fortune 500 company. She began her career as a Senior Solutions Sales Engineer running the data architecture for the biggest account BellSouth had: FedEx. Lensing has been extremely active with CBU, including serving on the National Alumni Board and continually being an “ambassador” for the University, which included driving around town with her CBU license plate. While a student at CBU, Lensing embraced the Lasallian education and now notes, “There is a poster in one of the CBU classrooms that always stayed with me, ‘Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve’ and I want to serve.” Lensing earned both a BS in Electrical Engineering (2001) and a MS in Engineering Management (2007) from CBU. She is currently pursuing her executive education at Harvard University. She lives with her husband and one child in Cedar Rapids, IA.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award, CBU’s highest award, was established in 1974 and recognizes an alumnus who graduated more than 10 years prior to being nominated. The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award was established in 1988 and recognizes an alumnus who graduated less than 10 years prior to being nominated.
This year’s CBU Alumni Weekend is being held October 7-9, 2011 and will also be celebrating the Golden and Silver reunions for the graduating classes of 1961 and 1986, respectively.