There are no limits to where your UWM degree can take you. We’re reminded of that each year when the Alumni Association recognizes its talented and inspirational alumni and friends.

Now accepting nominations through April 14, 2017.

Awards Criteria
The Alumni Association solicits nominations for the awards from all members of the University community. A committee of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees reviews the materials submitted on each candidate and selects those candidates who are deemed most deserving of recognition and whose achievements most closely fit the category for which they have been nominated. The committee often invites consulting members to assist in its deliberations. Individuals chosen to receive awards are honored each year at the Alumni Awards Evening.
Award Categories
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    This award is presented on limited occasions when the UWM Alumni Association recognizes an alumnus/alumna with exemplary achievements over the span of a lifetime. This award recognizes those who have had extraordinary success in the following arenas: professional achievement, community involvement, advancement of UWM’s mission, giving back of time, effort, and/or capital and encouraging and inspiring future leaders.
  • Distinguished Alumni Service Award
    This award recognizes alumni for exceptional volunteer leadership in service to UWM and the Alumni Association. Recipients will demonstrate a quality and depth of service to UWM that is truly outstanding. To be awarded to one alumna/us annually.
  • Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
    This award honors a mid-career UWM graduate who has had a significant impact on his/her profession and who has contributed to the common good of his/her community. This alumna/us is recognized as a person who sets the pace for future generations of leaders and learners. Mid-career professionals are individuals with 10-20 years of experience who have been successful and influential during his/her career.
  • Honorary Alumni Award
    Honorary Alumni status is presented to a person who is not a graduate of UWM but who has earned this recognition and honor through deep loyalty, service and support of the University and the Alumni Association.
  • Graduate of the Last Decade Award
    This award honors alumni from each School or College who have achieved accomplishments of significant importance at an early stage of their careers (1-10 years after their undergraduate or graduate degree). The award is intended to recognize either professional accomplishment or service to the university by those who have graduated within the last decade.Both undergraduate AND graduate students from the last ten years are eligible for this award and the committee may select several from each category.
  • Community Service Award
    The Community Service Award honors those alumni who 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 social welfare organizations.
  • Corporate Partner Award
    The Corporate Partner Award recognizes corporations or non-profit organizations which have a significant impact on the campus and/or on the lives of alumni and students by assisting in the advancement, growth and/or development of UWM.
  • Panther Pride Volunteer Award
    This award honors an alumni group or individual who has rendered outstanding voluntary service, loyalty and support to UWM and alumni in their local region or area of affinity. This honor can be awarded to an official UWMAA Chapter or to an individual program/event volunteer.
Submit a Nomination
Nominations for 2017 are now being accepted. A candidate may be nominated for more than one award category, and the selection committee reserves the right to grant an award for which the candidate has not been nominated.

Nominations Form

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please join us by sponsoring this annual event that honors the most outstanding alumni from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The special event held at Discovery World includes a reception, dinner and award ceremony.

Other highlights include presentation of the 2017 UWM Foundation Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Corporate Partner Award and Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Awards.

The event attracts 400+ of the top UWM alumni in their fields as well as community and corporate partners. The evening is marketed to our alumni population of 140,000 households, 60% of which reside in the Milwaukee metro area.

Sponsorship opportunities are limited. To reserve your sponsorship package or for additional information, please contact: Adrienne Bass, Associate Vice Chancellor, at
414-229-6410 or

Table Sponsor: $2,000
Hospitality Benefits

  • Corporate table sponsor seating at the event (1 table of 10)

Promotional Benefits

  • Name in the event program (500)
  • Named in on-site event signage
  • Display of your company name on the event website (Alumni site: 192,000 annual page views)

Panther Sponsor: $5,000
Hospitality Benefits

  • Prime VIP seating at the event (1 table of 10)

Promotional Benefits

  • Editorial mentions in alumni publications (including the popular UWM Alumni Magazine/120,000 households)
  • Mentions, links and opportunities for creative contests on UWM Alumni Association social media sites
  • Opportunity for half-page ad in the event program (500)
  • Named in on-site event signage
  • Prominent display of your logo/hotlink on the event website (Alumni site: 192,000 annual page views)

Black & Gold Sponsor: $10,000

Everything listed under Panther Sponsor plus:

  • Opportunity for full-page ad in the event program (500)


Everything listed under Panther and Black & Gold Sponsor plus:

  • Prime VIP seating at the event (2 tables of 10)
  • Full, back-cover advertisement in the event program
  • Programs (500) and tickets (500)
  • Presenting Sponsor Banner at entrance to event
  • Advertisements
  • Media promotions, press releases and media kits
  • Your logo and ad placement in one pre-event email (45,000 e-news subscriber list)
2016 Award Recipients - Full List

Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael McCrea
, MS ’91, PhD ’94, Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology
Director of Brain Injury Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Distinguished Alumni Service Awards
Christina Fiasca, 
BBA ’80, Vice President – Product Finance, Northwestern Mutual
Judith Scott, MBA ’81, Managing Director, Baird

UWM Foundation Alumni Achievement Award
Dennis Kois, 
BA ’95, Honors College, President and CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum

Honorary Alumni Awards
Michael Falbo, 
Regent Emeritus, University of Wisconsin System
Sally Lundeen, Professor, Retiring Dean, UWM College of Nursing
Les Weil, Principal, Les Weil Consulting

Panther Pride Volunteer Awards
Chris Larson, 
BBA ’07, Wisconsin State Senator
Peter Tellier, BBA ’72, MBA ’74, Certified Public Accountant, Retired

Graduate of the Last Decade Awards (Graduate)
Sarah Donovan, 
BS ’09, MS ’12, Assistant Vice President, Guaranty Bank
Nikiya Harris Dodd, BS ’01, MS’07, Wisconsin State Senator
Nicholas Hartlep, PhD ’12, Assistant Professor of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University
Aaron Lipski, BA ’02, MPA ’14, Deputy Chief, Milwaukee Fire Department
Susan Schweigert, MA ’11, Founder and Owner, Schweigert Language Services

Graduate of the Last Decade Awards (Undergraduate)
Jonathan Brostoff, 
BA ’11, Wisconsin State Representative
Eleanor Cotey, BFA ’09, Head of Wardrobe, Joffrey Ballet
Catherine Giljohann, BBA ’10, Project Manager-Global Sales Operations, Rockwell Automation
Audra O’Connell, BA ’08, Executive Director of Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
Ella Peinovich, BSAS ’06, Founder, SOKO
Julie Waterman, BA ’07, Owner/Chocolatier, Indulgence Chocolatiers

Community Service Awards
Reuben Harpole, 
BS ’78, Honorary PhD ’05, Humanitarian
Kimberley Motley, BS ’99, MS ’03, International Lawyer and Litigator, CEO of Motley Consulting International

Corporate Partner Awards
Marcus Corporation Foundation
The Water Council


Meet a few of our 2016 awardees


Reuben Harpole
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Michael McCrea
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Dennis Kois
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Kimberley Motley
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Past Award Recipients