Alumni Employee Awards

Celebrate your stellar alumni employee peers!

logoThe Alumni Employee Awards recognize our outstanding alumni employees at UWM for their contributions to the University. Offered at the Alumni Employee Awards and Appreciation Lunch every spring, these awards communicate the esteem in which the Alumni Association holds our alumni employees and provides fellow employees and students a way to honor those they see every day making a difference at UWM.

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2017 Categories

This award recognizes alumni for exceptional performance in their work as employees of UWM. It honors alumni who have through their work elevated the University’s mission, reputation or morale and who embody professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication. Honorees achieve excellence and demonstrate impact, often through committee work, special assignments and/or other noteworthy activities.

The “Unsung Hero” Award is presented to alumni employees not widely recognized for their work but who have in some significant way contributed to UWM. As they work to fulfill their unit and Division goals, honorees contribute behind the scenes with their skill, time and effort toward furthering the vision and mission of the University. Honorees should be known for their consistency, dependability, respect for others, commitment to their team, and willingness to pitch in to achieve collective goals. Honorees are both supportive to others and results-oriented and frequently work through obstacles to make the impossible possible.

The Community-University: We Make a Difference Award honors those alumni employees who as representatives of UWM have generously contributed their time and talents for the enrichment of others and the betterment of their communities. This award bestows recognition on those individuals who have given of themselves in support of various civic, charitable, philanthropic and/or social service organizations and who have, in doing so, forged or strengthened partnerships between these organizations and the University.

View the 2017 Nominees

Community-University: We Make a Difference Award

J.Dietenberger ’95
Adam Hudson ’06
Gwat-Yong Lie ’80
Kathryn Martin-Meurer ’05, ’07
Beth Peterman ’74, ’00

Outstanding Performance Award

Tammy Badura ’12
Michael Brondino ’79
Rita Delzer ’95
J.Dietenberger ’95
Aaron Dobbs ’01, ’07
Marcia Gabriel ’95
Angel Hessel ’91
Tammy Howard ’15
Kate Nelson ’07
Anita Samuel ’12, ’14, ’16
Benjamin Schneider ’02
Kelby Spann ’01
Ericka Stark ’01
Gina Seegers Szablewski ’96
Alexandra Torinus ’00, ’04
Lisa Xiong ’07

Unsung Hero Award

Karen Beres ’09, ’10
Rob Bodart ’13, ’16
Kari Brickler ’94
J. Dietenberger ’95
Ann Dietrich ’02
Susan Foran ’98
Beverly Gehring ’85
Rob Graziano ’86, ’93
Allee Hochmuth ’12
Deatra Holloway ’99, ’02
Les Johnson ’14
Amy Kirby ’98
Paul Klajbor ’06
Kerry Korinek ’99
Laura Meyer ’03
Christopher Ney ’87
Sherri Pfennig ’87
Alex Riehle ’12, ’15
Jennee Schansberg ’11, ’16
Cheryl Scherkenbach ’73
Sammy Werner ’13
Rachel Westrum ’04

Selection Committee

Suzanne Abler ’90, Zilber School of Public Health and Office of the Provost
Barbara Cooley ’91, Emeritus Board of Trustees
Julie Frey ’87, College of Nursing
Erin Harrass ’83, Alumni Relations
Krystal McCain ’14, Student Involvement
Annie Prak ’12, College of Letters & Science
Joslyn Schiedt ’04, Lubar School of Business
Leah Schreiber Johnson ’10, Peck School of the Arts
Virginia Stoffel ’83, College of Health Sciences

2016 Awardees

frey_julieUnsung Hero: Julie Frey ’87, Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Nursing
“Her personal and professional administrative skills have been noticed by others throughout the state and, indeed, nationally. . . . She is a truly awesome ambassador for UWM!”



schreiber_headshotOutstanding Performance: Leah Schreiber Johnson ’09, ’10, Undergraduate Advisor and Lecturer, Peck School of the Arts
“Leah is extremely dedicated to students and that is showcased every day with her performance as an instructor and administrator. Her innovative techniques resonate with students ensuring a positive interaction with UWM.”


bonnieCommunity-University – We Make a Difference: Bonnie Halvorsen ’86, ’10, Outreach and Project Director, Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition –
“She has played a pivotal role in helping to develop programs that support our vision for a vibrant, crime-free community for all our residents to thrive and be in good health physically, mentally and financially.”


bt-imageAlumni Association Champion: Brian Troyer
“Brian was tireless in his effort to get it right and always worked with a positive, team oriented attitude, making sure that we would reach out intended goals.”